The lymphatic system is a part of the overall circulatory system.
The Lymphatics are a series of veins that run from distal parts of the body toward the heart but don’t have a set of arteries leaving the heart. It is a one-way system. The Lymphatic system houses a high concentration of white blood cells and T-cells that are responsible for our immune response. When wastes such as large proteins, fat cells and pathogens are unable to move back into the smaller capillaries of the cardiovascular system the lymphatic system picks them up and moves them through progressively larger lymphatic vessels to lymph nodes. The human body has between 400-700 lymph nodes depending on the person. The lymph nodes are the functional part of the lymphatic system where the wastes are churned up inside the nodes and attacked with the white blood cells Phagocytosis (cell eating) takes place and the large wastes products and pathogens are disarmed and crushed up before being returned to the blood stream for disposal.
The veins pick up 80-98% of the fluids that leak from the arteries and there in only a percentage of the cellular waste products from the area. Imagine a bath tub with a drain that will pass 90 gallons in a day and a faucet that lets in 100 gallons in a day. Without an over flow drain, that tub will spill over onto the floor by the end of the day. The spill over of fluids in our hands or feet is exactly like that bath tub. Edemas can form anywhere in the body but are most common in the limbs.
In addition to edemas, cancers form where cells are forced to mutate to survive in toxic environments. Remember, our cells are eating and excreting in the same pool of fluids. Too many toxins surrounding a cell prevent nutrients from moving in and toxins from moving out. Cells reprogram and mutate to survive. Our bodies are designed to fight off these cancer cells but sometimes lose that fight.
With less emphasis on life threatening pathologies, the most coming illness that we face daily are also combated by the lymphatic system. Opportunistic pathogens can over grow in our bodies if our immune systems are unable to mount an appropriate defense. The outcome could be the common cold, yeast infections, sinus infections, urinary tract infections, infectious skin infections, staph infections and more. The list is endless.
The lymphatic system has the task of picking up the left over 2 – 20% of fluids preventing edemas and illness. Since the Lymphatic system is only a one-way system moving toward the heart, it doesn’t have the muscular contractions of the heart to propel the fluids and wastes forward. It relies on the rhythmic pressures created from body movement. 70% of the lymphatics are superficial and moveable through manual lymphatic drainage techniques. 30% of the body’s lymphatics are deep and only moveable through kinesthetic movements of the body.If the lymphatic system is overloaded or sluggish from a lack of movement. The body’s ability to fight off these common pathogens is reduced.
What is Lymphatic Massage?
Lymphatic Massage techniques closely mimic the body’s natural rhythms. The lymphangions (lymphatic vessels) are anchored to the body’s soft tissues. The body’s movements pull on these anchoring filaments opening the lyphangions to suck in fluids from their environment. Once in the lymphatic vessels, the system can do it’s job. The light touch and rhythmic movements of Manual Lymphatic Drainage pull the skin and associated anchoring filaments to increase the fluids moved into the vessels.
The ordering of lymphatic massage stokes is as important as the quality in the technique touch. It is a very specialized hand technique beginning at the clavicle where the lymph moves into the cardiovascular system and the moving to the more distal chains. Lymph nodes are located all over the body but most concentrated in the neck and behind the ears (cervical nodes), under the chin (sub-mandibular), under the arms (axillary), deep in the abdomen and at the inguinal region where the legs meet the trunk.
If your system is highly toxic or you are fighting a rather nasty batch of pathogens, it is possible for you to feel ill following a lymphatic drainage session or possibly during the session. This process is known as a healing crisis. The healing crisis response does not happen often but don’t be alarmed if it happens to you. It is your body’s natural and necessary response to the pathogens that were laying wait in your body. Lymphatic massage speeds up lymphatic filtration and makes your body process a higher concentrations of pathogens more rapidly. Your body burns a fever to increase acidity of the system to kill pathogens. Be patient and let your immune system do its job. You will be healthier for it. If the symptoms are extreme or do not subside in a reasonable manner you may want to see a health care physician as more deeply rooted problems may be present.
What is recommended during the therapy.
Drinking plenty of water(2-3 liter daily) and limiting waste and fatty intake will help your body to heal itself. Not recommended to take during the therapy: sugar or foods with high sugar contain, sweets, milk, white flour, eggs, cheese, margerine, soy. Excercises for example: walking, running, swimming are offered. Theese movements help starting the circulation system, and detoxication begins thru our body.