WHY IS LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE SO IMPORTANT FOR EVERONE?
A lot of people are not aware of the importance of the lymphatics system and that if it is not taken care of may cause a multitude of different symptoms. Many times, these symptoms have not been recognized as an ongoing problem in the lymphatic system, even by practitioners.
The lymphatics are important as they clear the entire body of toxins and without this you can get congestion of the system and symptoms such as:-
• Tiredness and muscle, joint stiffness and pain, circulation problems with cold hands and feet.
• An water imbalance where the body is not flowing well causing water retention, bloating, swelling, cellulitis & weight gain.
• Toxins can build up causing headaches, brain fog & swollen glands
A lack of flow in the body can also cause skin issues, and open the body up to catching infections, colds and viruses.
The lymphatic system is part of the body's circulatory system and is hugely important to our health. The blood system operates under pressure and flows up to the heart and down to the tissue where the lymphatics drain fluid from the blood vessels. but unlike blood, lymph does not have a pump, therefore it is reliant on the contraction and relaxation of muscles to move the lymph around. They only flow in one direction, up the body to the neck area where it empties into veins leading to the heart. The lymphatic system acts as the drainage route for the body’s cells, carrying away excess fluid, waste materials, immune cells and proteins from the tissues. The fluid that leaves the cells and enters the lymphatic system is called lymph and the system itself is made up of a network of lymph vessels and glands (nodes). The lymph nodes are so important in fighting infection, when recovering from illness and healing wounds, because the immune cells are created within them. They can recognize harmful organisms and trigger the creation of infection-fighting white blood cells.
The lymphatic system has two major functions:
1/ To maintain the fluid balance in our bodies taking care of any fluid build-up or swelling due to injury or health issues.
2/ To help with our immunity -The lymphatic system keeps our fluid levels in balance while protecting us from infections, bacteria, viruses and other potential threats. Lymph transports excess waste material (that blood cannot carry away from the tissue) such as: excess water, salts, glucose, urea, bacteria, viruses, toxins and other foreign material removed from the capillaries.
WHY DOES THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM GET BLOCKED?
Every day, humans encounter potentially harmful disease-causing organisms or pathogens like viruses and bacteria, yet we are normally able to function properly and remain healthy. As humans we have a multilayer immune system to keep us running smoothly. Some of the main causes of Blockage are:-
1- Dehydration - the lymphatic system is reliant on water to Keep flushing the systems, maintaining the balance of the body fluids, help move lymph up the body and removes waste from the body. So, it is crucial to drink enough water & to know how to keep the lymphatics working well. As like a stream if you reduce the water it clogs up and stops flowing.
2- Lack of movement - The movements we make during everyday activities involves the contraction and expansion of various muscles in the body. These muscle movements in turn serve to massage and squeeze the tissues around them, forcing excess fluid out of the tissues and into the lymph vessels.
3- A major player in the body's immune system, it is the primary site for immune system cells that react to antigens (toxin or foreign substance) presented or found by the cells. When an antigen is recognized, an immunological cascade begins, involving the activation and recruitment of more and more cells, the production of antibodies and the recruitment of other immunological cells such as macrophages. It is important to make sure it is flowing properly and that toxins are not getting blocked up in the lymph nodes.
4- Chronic stress is a common cause of many chronic health problems. It can lead to blockage of the lymphatic system. When we are under stress, our bodies create stress-fighting hormones which result in free radical waste products that can lead to a variety of health problems, and so managing your stress levels would be very helpful.
WHAT CAN I DO TO IMPROVE MY LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE?
Lymphatic Massage is really good as it can help unblock the lymph nodes and move the toxins out of the body and improve the flow of the fluid round the body.
Other ways such as Exercising and Epson salt are also discussed on the course.