Armentano L.M.T., M.M.P., M.L.D.T.
What is The
extraordinary workings of the lymphatic system make blood circulation look
simple by comparison. Made up of fine vessels and lymph nodes, this little-known
circulation is an important part of the immune system. It quietly goes about its
business, filtering out waste and debris, and carrying nutrients to cells.
nodes do the collection and filtering of waste material from cell fluid, while
the lymph vessels return the fluid back to the general circulation. It
clears the entire body, stopping excess fluid from lying around in the tissues.
It always heads towards the heart.
heart, lymph doesnít have a pump to push it round the body. It relies
mainly on our muscular action and body movement to keep the fluid moving.
As well, it needs all areas of the body to be in good condition; that means
adequate fluid intake, excellent nutrition and high level well-being.
lymphatic system doesnít work efficiently, the tell-tale signs of oedema or
tight swollen tissue appear. A common instance is seen after a
long-distance air travel: ankles and legs become tight and puffy. Itís due to
lack of movement, pressure on lymph vessels from sitting, and the hanging
position of the legs. Medical conditions can also be the cause of oedema.
But as well, by the end of winter, after too little exercise, too much starchy
food, and far too many hot chocolates, our bodies may be pretty sluggish and
longing for a fresh start to get that fluid moving.
When you intervene and encourage the
fluid to drain properly, itís known as lymphatic drainage. You can jazz up your
whole system with a treatment, whether or not you have fluid retention. It
can be a stand-alone procedure, or it can be incorporated into a massage
treatment. You can even do it yourself.
All treatments are not the same; it
depends on the condition being treated, but the aim is always to get the fluid
moving out of the tissue and towards the heart.
What Can It
Be Used For?
A surprising number of conditions
respond to lymphatic drainage. If a medical condition is involved, you should
consult your practitioner first:
Swollen ankles and legs after air
Tight sore breasts Ė PMT or
Medical conditions Ė after removal
of lymph nodes
Following cosmetic surgery Ė
liposuction, scar tissue
How To Do
Lymphatic vessels are generally fine
and close to the skin, so itís never a deep treatment.
Stimulate the closest lymph nodes
first, so theyíre ready to drain the fluid that you send to them. The main
groups are found in the groins, armpits and under the jaw, just below the ears.
For swollen ankles, you massage the groin first. Then you clear the fluid
closest to the nodes, and gradually work down the leg, always moving the fluid
towards the heart. The last part to be massaged will be the ankle and foot
itself, having cleared the fluid backlog between it and the nodes.
One technique is to use a flat hand
on the tissue, and move the tissue under it just a few millimeters in the
direction of the nodes. Gently stroking the tissue will also work. Each
area of tissue is worked for a minute or two, before moving down to the next
area. When the whole section has been worked, you re-do the nodes, and repeat
It feels very gentle, but itís
extremely effective. Make sure you are always directing the fluid towards the
Help For Lymphatic Tune-up
Exercise, especially yoga, will
really improve the way your lymphatic system works
Extra water will help to keep your
body well hydrated
Add fennel and celery and parsley
to other fruits and vegetables, for their diuretic ability.
Essential oils such as geranium,
juniper, lemon and rosemary are all stimulating and cleansing. They can
all be used in baths and massage. Take care that they are diluted well, and
that there is no sun exposure for at least 12 hours after using lemon or any
other citrus oils
And now youíre ready to step into
spring full of vitality. If traces of sluggishness remain, find a lymphatic
drainage practitioner in your local area.
What is The
The lymphatic system is the secondary
system of circulation in the body with a very complex set of tasks. The major
tasks are cleaning and nourishing the cells. Sounds simple enough, but
without it, we wouldnít survive long. The lymphatic system is a sort of
go-between from the blood circulation to the individual cells. Lymph is a clear
fluid containing nutrients and oxygen similar to blood but without the red and
white corpuscles. It comes from the general circulation and is deposited around
the cells to keep them nourished. The cells are able to discard waste and
toxic materials into this fluid. The lymphatic vessels pick up this waste
and any excess fluid from around cells and transport it, via the lymph nodes
which filter it, back into the general circulation. Itís a one-way
shuttle, so lymph should only ever flow in one direction Ė away from the cells
and towards the heart.
Find out more in our article What
is Lymphatic Drainage?
Poor Lymphatic Flow
Poor lifestyle choices are the
commonest causes of an inefficient lymphatic system, though they are certainly
not the only ones.
Lack of exercise - lymphatic fluid
needs muscle power to push it round the body
Poor diet Ė may increase congestion
and produce more waste for the lymph to pick up and dispose of
Pollutants Ė environmental and
Surgery and trauma
of Lymphatic Drainage
Every part of the body is influenced
by the lymphatic system, because no matter what the purpose of the cells, they
all need nourishing and cleaning.
Itís important in immunity,
inflammation and healing in general, so an efficient lymphatic system is going
to help in many areas. Lymphatic drainage is a way to achieve that
Skin care: For a clearer
complexion and to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in facial
tissue, as well as reducing puffiness around the eyes.
Old scar tissue can be reduced while the appearance of new scars can be
minimized. Itís commonly used before and after cosmetic surgery.
Detox: At the end of winter,
or after a period of high stress, the body will really benefit from lymphatic
drainage, to reduce the sluggishness brought on by too many starchy, high fat
foods and too little exercise.
Headache: Most headaches
including sinusitis have a component of congestion that responds well to
lymphatic drainage. Once tissue is decongested, blocked fluid and
blood flow improve, reducing pain and discomfort.
Promote healing: After
surgery or injury, the tissue may be swollen and sore. Lymphatic drainage is a
gentle treatment that will help drain the tissue, reduce inflammation and
Pregnancy and after: There
is often fluid retention in pregnant women and lymphatic drainage can improve
comfort especially in legs and feet. Breast feeding will be enhanced by
this treatment, especially when there are problems with blocked ducts and sore
Reduce swelling: After long
periods of immobility such as air travel or lessened mobility, fluid tends to
stagnate in the tissue making it puffy and tender.
Conditions such as arthritis often have joints that are congested with fluid.
All of these respond well when fluid is reduced with lymphatic drainage.
Relaxation: Because it is
such a gentle treatment, it is one of the most relaxing. And the
relaxation is enhanced as the cleansing and rejuvenating effects relieve
Most people will notice improvements
in their level of wellbeing after a treatment because lymphatic drainage has so
many benefits. Keep yourself looking and feeling in tip-top condition with
a regular session.
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WHERE LYMPH DRAINAGE WORKS
I will list
a few under each category:
tramatic, neurologic, dermatologic, gynecologic, autoimmune
tooth pain, gum disease, periodontitis
rosacea, seborrhea, some pigmentation spots
sagging breasts, skin complexion, cellulite, "bags" under eyes
chronic constipation, Crohn's disease, diverticulosis
stress, fatigue, detoxification, cholesterol, jet lag
memory loss, tissue regeneration, immune system stimulation
PMS, cyst formation in breasts, breast feeding, menstruation
chronic sinusitis frontalis, laryngitis, allergic nasal cattarh
headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, Bell's palsy, multiple sclerosis
visual acuity, macular degeneration, cataracts
sprains, hematomas, fractures, traumas
neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, whiplash
OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY - ORL (ear, nose, throat)
Sjogren's syndrome, tinnitus, vertigo, peridontal disease
bronchial asthma, bronchitis, emphysema
Rheumatod arthritis, gout, scleroderma, fibrositis syndrome,
lumbago, carpal tunnel syndrome, lupus
pre and post surgery
times results are immediate; other times
within a few
hours you will notice a change for the better.