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Lymph Drainage & Reflexology

Why will Lymphatic Drainage help me?

The Lymphatic System serves several crucial functions as part of our immune system.  It aids in protecting us from infection and disease, maintaining the body's fluid levels in balance, filtering out pathogens and other foreign bodies, absorbing fats and facilitating the transport of our white blood cells to and from the bloodstream.

In terms of anatomy, the heart pumps oxygenated blood (comprising cells and plasma) through a network of arteries and capillaries to all cells in the body.  At the cellular level, oxygen is exchanged providing energy to each cell.  The deoxygenated blood then returns to the heart via our veins, where it is sent to the lungs to become re-oxygenated. This cycle repeats continuously, with the average adult heart beating 100,000 times a day!

However, some of the plasma known as Lymph does not return via the venous system.  Instead, it enters the interstitial spaces through a network of lymphatic capillaries located below the surface of the skin and soft tissues.  These vessels transport the lymph towards the lymph nodes where it undergoes filtration.  Eventually, the Lymph enters the lymphatic pathways returning to the bloodstream via the subclavian vein.

Within the Lymph Nodes reside white blood cells known as lymphocytes which play a vital role in combating bacteria, viruses and damaged cells.  When the body is fighting an infection Lymph Nodes can become can become swollen and inflamed.  The Lymphatic System then facilitates the removal of these waste products from the bloodstream.  The liver and kidneys further filter them from the blood eventually excreting them in our urine and stools.  

The Lymphatic System constitutes a one-way drainage system comprising Lymphatic Vessels, Lymph Nodes and Lymph connecting to organs such as the Spleen and Thymus as well as the Lymphoid Tissues like Tonsils & Adenoids.  Unlike the circulatory system, the Lymphatic System lacks a pump.  Instead, it relies on movement, gravity & breathing to facilitate transportation throughout the body.

Why will Lymphatic Drainage help me?

Lymphatic Drainage is a therapeutic technique aimed at enhancing the function of the Lymphatic System, which plays a crucial role in maintaining overall health and well-being.  The Lymphatic system is responsible for removing toxins, waste products excess fluid and pathogens from the body's tissues, helping to maintain a healthy immune system and fluid balance.

When the Lymphatic System becomes sluggish or compromised, it can lead to a buildup of toxins and waste products in the tissues resulting in symptoms such as swelling, inflammation, fatigue and susceptibility to infections.  Lymphatic drainage therapy works to stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid encouraging the removal of these toxins and waste products from the body.

By improving Lymphatic Circulation, Lymphatic Drainage can help alleviate symptoms associated with conditions such as Lymphedema, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other inflammatory conditions.  It can also support detoxification, enhance immune function, reduce swelling and inflammation, alleviate pain and discomfort and promote overall health and vitality.

Additionally, Lymphatic Drainage therapy can have a profoundly relaxing and rejuvenating effect on the body and mind, helping to reduce stress, tension and anxiety.  It can improve sleep quality, boost energy levels and enhance overall feelings of well-being and vitality.

In summary, Lymphatic Drainage therapy is beneficial because it supports the body's natural detoxification processes, enhances immune function, reduces swelling and inflammation, alleviates pain and discomfort, promotes relaxation and rejuvenation and contributes to overall health and well-being.

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