Why is the lymphatic system so important?
The lymphatic system is a crucial player in the body’s ability to ward off disease and heal from injury. It is the body’s biggest drain, collecting and disposing of toxic waste and foreign invaders as it transports white blood cells throughout the body. Lymphatic function supports every other system in the body, including the immune, digestive, detoxification, and nervous systems, and is powered only by breathing and movement. When the lymphatic system becomes congested and the flow of lymph fluid is restricted, it loses its ability to remove waste efficiently, and signs and symptoms of circulatory congestion may appear.
What is Lymphatic Facilitation?
Because lymph fluid moves slowly, without the aid of its own pump, inactivity can seriously restrict its flow. Muscular contraction through exercise and deep breathing is the primary means by which our lymph circulates, but Lymphatic Facilitation can help the body in this process.
Lymphatic Facilitation is a gentle technique. The lymphatic system sits right beneath the skin. By using light pressure and rhythmic pumping, the lymph fluid is prompted to move, creating an increased lymph flow. All hand motions follow the natural movement of lymph and are directed towards the lymphatic drainage areas, including the neck, armpits, and groin. When applied correctly, Lymphatic Facilitation will increase lymph vessel activity and move interstitial fluid, resulting in a properly functioning lymphatic system.
If the body is in a state of distress, the lymphatic system may become blocked or backed up. When this happens, lymphatic fluid builds up in the tissues, preventing waste from moving out of the body. This creates congestion in the body, forcing the toxins to track back into the tissues, skin, and joints.
As a major player in the immune system, proper lymphatic flow can remove the harmful substances in the tissues that contribute to the symptoms of colds and flu infections, joint pain, headaches and migraines, menstrual cramps, arthritis, fatigue, depression, acne, cellulite, and much more.
Surgery and Lymphatic Facilitation
Whether undergoing surgery for health reasons or cosmetic purposes, Lymphatic Facilitation can aid in recovery and enhance overall health and wellbeing. Of course, your physician will prescribe a post-operative regimen, which may include medication, physical therapy, or compression garments. However, adding Lymphatic Facilitation to your healthcare plan can further help maximize your healing process. When incorporated into pre- and post-surgical regimens, Lymphatic Facilitation may be the most effective natural means of addressing post-surgical swelling, bruising, and discomfort.
Swelling is a natural result of tissue damage after an injury or an operation. Lymphatic Facilitation treatments before a major operation can stimulate the lymphatic system and clear up any existing congestion. A lymphatic system that is running well will cope with the post-operative swelling better than a sluggish one will. After an operation (or even an injury), the part of the body with a lot of swelling and trauma is struggling to deal with the excess fluid. Lymphatic Facilitation can move the excess fluid to other parts of the body, where the undamaged or non-overloaded lymphatic system can take it up. This reduces the congestion at the local lymph nodes. Overall, Lymphatic Facilitation can help remove the anesthesia and debris from the system more efficiently – rubbish is cleared away faster, swelling is reduced, pain is reduced, comfort is increased, and so healing is sped up (this applies to breaks, fractures, torn ligaments, and sprains as well). Operations for which it might be particularly helpful include hip and knee replacements, cosmetic surgeries, dental surgeries, and cancer operations.
Lymphatic Facilitation helps promote the cleansing of blood cells and supports the increase of a healthy system, one that can properly rid toxins and illness efficiently.
Healing with Lymphatic Facilitation
Lymphatic Facilitation is extremely helpful to those dealing with the symptoms and diagnosis of cancer. It is a very common misconception that any form of lymphatic massage will “spread” cancer. In reality, Lymphatic Facilitation helps promote the cleansing of blood cells and supports the increase of a healthy system, one that can properly rid toxins and illness efficiently.
It has also been found that Lymphatic Facilitation can play a part in promoting fertility and help women who have trouble conceiving, have miscarried, or are starting fertility treatments. If a lymphatic system is sluggish, hormones will not distribute and circulate the way they are designed to, therefore disrupting the ability to conceive. By increasing lymphatic flow, the body will begin to produce more efficient hormones and support ovulation.
Lymphatic Facilitation can help with a variety of other symptoms:
Alopecia, trigeminal neuralgia, Bell’s Palsy, ear aches, sinusitis, strokes, burns, Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, lymphedema, diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, cystic breasts
Acne, rosacea, eczema, effects of aging, under eye circles and puffiness, cellulite, lipodema
Swelling, immune support, allergies, weight
Bruising, discoloration, torn muscles, phantom pain, effects of knee/hip/shoulder replacements, tennis elbow, skier’s thumb, golfer’s arm, tendonitis
Issues with pregnancy
Infertility, immune support, stretch mark prevention, edema, constipation, weight loss after delivery, healing after delivery or C-section, scarring, milk production
Massage Therapy vs. Lymphatic Facilitation
The meaning of the word massage is “to knead,” and is used to describe forms of “classical” or “Swedish” massage. Massage therapy is the act of manually moving and manipulating the tissue, muscle, ligaments, and tendons. There are several varieties of massages, ranging in pressure and purpose. Massage can assist in promoting relaxation while reducing muscle tension, stress, flexibility, circulation, headaches, pain, etc.
Lymphatic Facilitation should not be confused for massage therapy, as it is not a massage. Lymphatic Facilitation is a gentle, light touch technique. The purpose is to activate the movement and flow of lymph fluid. Since the lymphatic system sits right below the skin, pressure must be kept light in order to obtain the optimal goal. The techniques of Lymphatic Facilitation are used to effectively treat primary and secondary lymphedema, and post-surgical and post-traumatic swellings. Migraine headaches, chronic venous insufficiencies, and swellings (edema) of different geneses present additional indications. Lymphatic Facilitation also has detoxifying effects. This technique can be used in combination with compression therapy, skin care, and decongestive exercises. These therapeutic applications are collectively known as Complete Decongestive Therapy.
Lymphatic Facilitation is currently offered in our Bethlehem office and Well Spa in Ottsville.
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