Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Our 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, cancer cells 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.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is very helpful after surgery or injury to help reduce swelling and aid in healing. Other benefits include:
* Immune system stimulation
* Regeneration of tissues (burns, scarring) and anti-aging effects
* Detoxification of the body (anesthesia, chemotherapy, medications, environmental)
* Relief from chronic pain
* Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression, stress, loss of memory
* Reduction of symptoms from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
Many times this technique is combined with CranioSacral Therapy and/or Massage Therapy. I will always customize your treatment for YOU!