The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body's ability to drain stagnant fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system. (Asdonk, 1970, Adrair & Guyton, 1982)
LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE THERAPY is a gentle therapy that supports or encourages the lymphatic flow and drainage. The lymphatic system is a key component of our immune system. Like the venous system, it is comprised of vein like structures called lymphatic vessels. These vessels act as a vacuum to drain, cleanse and transport substances (i.e., bacteria, viruses, toxins, hormones, fatty acids, proteins) to lymph nodes. If the vessel is compromised or overwhelmed stagnation may occur resulting in swelling, fatigue, stress, infections, accumulated toxins and reduced cellular functioning. The lymphatic system relies on muscular movement to help move the lymphatic fluid, or lymph, to the nodes. But if stagnation occurs and the system becomes overwhelmed, lymphatic drainage can encourage the flow to function again.
LMT may be beneficial for the following: Chronic and subacute inflammation Edemas Infections Pre and post surgery Injuries, especially those that seem to not heal Swelling of the face, hands and feet Detoxification Excess water gain