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Lymphatic Drainage

What is Lymphatic Drainage?

This type of therapy consists of a manual massage, performed by a lymphatic drainage therapist. Such a massage primarily focuses on specific lymph nodes and points of the body, as well as the natural flow of the lymphatic system.
To help lymph fluid move through the body, special rhythmic hand strokes are used, which many patients consider very relaxing. The process will reduce blockages of the lymphatic system, which in turn promotes a healthier body.

When the lymphatic system becomes blocked,
lymph nodes may become swollen. Further, the system fails to remove the body´s toxins and can even affect white blood cell counts. Lymphatic drainage is believed to reduce blockage, which promotes health in the lymphatic system as well as other bodily systems such as the circulatory, respiratory, muscular, and endocrine systems.

Lymphatic drainage
lymphatic_massage A Lymphatic drainage has been recommended for conditions like:
- Lymphoedema, in which a blockage in the lymphatic system causes swelling in the arms or legs
- It can also reduce:
- colds and other illnesses caused by viruses
- allergies
- menstrual cramps

In Lymphoedema affected tissues, the lymph is unable to drain properly.
Instead within these swollen tissues the protein-rich lymph becomes stagnant.
When bacteria enter this fluid through a break in the skin, they thrive on this protein-rich fluid. It is for this reason that lymphoedema affected tissues are prone to infections.

While lymphatic drainage is often about preventative health care
and is considered safe, physical symptoms, such as swollen glands, can indicate a problem with the lymphatic system.

Understanding the lymphatic system:
The lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels and ducts that move fluids throughout the body. Lymph originates as plasma, which is the fluid portion of blood.
The lymphatic system works in close cooperation with other body systems to perform these important functions:
- The lymphatic system aids the immune system in destroying pathogens and filtering waste so that the lymph can be safely returned to the circulatory system.

- To remove excess fluid, waste, debris, dead blood cells, pathogens, cancer cells, and toxins from these cells and the tissue spaces between them.
- The lymphatic system also works with the circulatory system to deliver nutrients, oxygen, and hormones from the blood to the cells that make up the tissues of the body.

To achieve a deep, therapeutic relaxation massage, contact Bianca today at Clinica Casa Blanca
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