Lympatic Drainage Therapy

 

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy was developed by Bruno Chikly, M.D., D.O. (hon.). LDT involves gentle manual techniques that aid in the proper flow of lymph and allow for more effective waste and toxin removal. LDT can assist in fluid activation which stimulates the immune system thereby assisting the body in healing itself.     

What is The Lymphatic System?

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 wouldn’t 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.  It’s a  one-way shuttle, so lymph should only ever flow in one direction – away from the  cells and towards the heart.
Find out more in our article What is Lymphatic Drainage?

Reasons for 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 – may increase congestion and produce more waste for the lymph to  pick up and dispose of
  • Pollutants – environmental and dietary
  • Surgery and trauma
  • Pregnancy

Major Benefits 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. It’s 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 efficiency.

  • 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. It’s 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 improve healing.
  • 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 tight breasts.
  • 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 stress.

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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