If flow of lymphatic materials slows, the immune system weakens.
Lymph drainage massages can also reduce inflammation in the body that causes diseases such as arthritis.
Lymphatic fluid is basically what keeps you alive, if you didn’t have a lymphatic system your body would shut down in 48 hours.
That’s faster than dehydration shuts you down!
The lymph fluid is filled with special white blood cells called lymphocytes and they are the bouncers, to the cellular nightclub that is you . Your body uses tiny one way straws (lymph vessels) to suck all the bad stuff into lymph nodes, where those lymphocytes bouncers hang out.
What does Manual Lymphatic Drainage Do?
Manual Lymphatic drainage (MLD), is a series of gentle flowing strokes along the surface of the skin. This can aid the body in expelling toxins from the body.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage, is extremely popular in Europe where it is covered by most insurance plans as commonly as PT.
Who can benefit from Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
Healing After Surgery
According to MassageTherapy.com, lymph drainage massages can help with healing after surgery. This type of massage regenerates tissues to reduce scarring at surgical incision sites. Lymph drainage massages also reduce swelling and detoxify the body, according to the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators. The alliance’s website states that lymph drainage massages help speed regeneration of tissues and cells. The massages shouldn’t be done right after surgery; instead, a person should wait at least 6 weeks before getting one, or until a doctor clears the patient for massage.
Improved Immune System
The immune system is tied to the lymphatic system. In fact, if flow of lymphatic materials slows, the immune system weakens. MassageTherapy.com states that lymph drainage massages can improve the function of the immune system and increase the production of antibodies that fight off infections. Lymph drainage massages can also reduce inflammation in the body that causes diseases such as arthritis.