It is amazing to me that the part of our body called the Lymphatic System is so unknown to so many people. Simply put, the lymphatic system runs parallel with the circulatory system and returns clean blood to the heart along with the veins. Our blood leaves the heart through arteries and is distributed to all the cells of our bodies. Most of us know that it returns to the heart via the veins. However, that is only part of the story. We have excess proteins, toxins and other particles that are too large to absorb into the veins. Luckily, the lymphatic system is equipped to absorb them and figure out what to do with them. On the way back to the heart, the lymphatic system analyzes its contents and breaks down and/or destroys any particles that are dangerous to our system before returning the important particles and clean fluid to our heart. It is then sent out again as fresh, healthy oxygenated blood.
When the lymph system becomes sluggish or does not function properly, we can eventually have a toxic environment and disease will prevail. This can happen from a number of reasons including surgery, trauma, burns, radiation, infections, swelling, fatigue, stress or age.
I have spent the past two months studying the lymphatic system and learning Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (MLDT). Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is an extremely relaxing technique used to help recirculate healthy body fluids, stimulate proper functioning of the immune system and balance the autonomic nervous system. Some specific results may include:
* reduction in swelling and lymphedemas
* immune system stimulation for preventive and therapeutic effects
* regeneration of tissues and anti-aging effects
* detoxification of the body
* relief from chronic pain
* deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression, stress, loss of vitality and loss of memory
* antiseptic actions to relieve conditions such as voluntary or involuntary muscle hypertonus
* reduction in the sysptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
* alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
* relief of chronic and subacute inflammation and conditions such as acne, eczema and allergies
You might consider having MLDT if you have any of the above issues. Additionally, it can be helpful pre/post surgery to aid with recovery and pre/post athletic event to allow for better muscle contraction and aid in recovery. It can be a very proactive and healthy way to help your body prepare for the upcoming winter season. Consider MLDT as one of many alternatives to a flu shot.
It’s certainly not the only answer to staying healthy, but it can be a valuable addition to your health regime.