Are you suffering from brain fog, migraines, depression, sinus issues, insomnia, bloating, or weight gain? If you feel that something is wrong within your body, but not sure what, then the root issue could be in your lymphatic system, which is responsible for clearing toxins from all your tissues. Read on to learn more about the lymphatic system and how to support it through lymphatic drainage.

What is the Lymphatic System?

Your lymphatic system is one of the most important, yet overlooked systems in the body. It is a complex network of tissues and organs responsible for carrying out waste and draining excess fluid, which helps to maintain fluid balance. When it is not functioning properly, toxins can become embedded in your tissues. This lymphatic congestion can lead to fatigue, pain, depression, and a host of other issues. The lymphatic system also transports lymph, a colorless fluid that contains white-blood cells that serve an essential role in the immune system. As you can see, the lymphatic system serves many roles in protecting and preserving your health, and it is important to ensure that it is flowing properly. Lymphatic drainage is a therapeutic treatment used to decrease lymphatic congestion and is a great way to improve your health and wellbeing.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage, or MLD, is a gentle therapeutic technique developed by Emile Vodder to treat swollen lymph nodes, drain the sinuses, and enhance the lymphatic system. This method involves gentle massage that targets lymph vessels below the surface of the skin, which increases flow and movement of lymphatic fluid through the body. This technique can be useful for those looking to enhance their immune system, those with certain conditions (such as sinus issues, Bell’s palsy, Crohn’s disease, Lyme disease, edema, joint replacements, burns, phantom pain, or multiple sclerosis), or anyone looking to support healing and well-being of the body. If you have a condition that impacts any of your major organs, swollen glands, or green mucus in your nose, MLD might not be for you. However, MLD is a safe and effective treatment for most people. You can expect gentle, rhythmic strokes that may put you into a deep state of relaxation. Be sure to drink 16 ounces of water before and after treatment to maximize drainage.

Other Lymphatic Support Techniques

Besides MLD, there are other ways to clear the lymph system and increase flow. The lymphatic system does not have a central pump like the circulatory system does, so when you move, it moves! Walking, running, biking, hiking, jumping, or dancing will all help reduce lymph congestion and filter out built up toxins. Try moving your body at least once per hour for optimal lymphatic flow! Deep breathing is another technique that is effective in increasing lymphatic flow. The diaphragm has its own lymphatic drainage system, which is particularly effective for pumping fluid through vessels and lymph nodes. Try placing both hands on your stomach, inhaling through the nose while expanding your stomach, and slowly exhaling through the mouth. Exhaling for twice as long as you inhale helps activate lymph and cycle more oxygen through the blood. Another great way to get your lymph system properly flowing is to utilize sauna and/or BioMat treatments at our Wellness Center. Book your appointment here.

Whether your issue is chronic illness, autoimmune disease, weight struggles, skin conditions, acne, inflammation, mood disorders, anxiety… it’s ALL connected to your body’s ability to support you on a cellular and extracellular level, and that is your lymphatic system. Treating the blocked lymph in your body will filter out wastes and toxins, and give you back the energy you need for your life.

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