The lymphatic system is one of our body’s best miracles. But it’s one of the least-talked-about body systems.
There are toxins all over the place, and as we go about our daily lives we tend to take these toxins in. When this happens, guess what comes to our rescue? Yes, you guessed it. It’s the lymphatic system. Our lymph health is never to be joked with and there are various ways to ensure that it works fine.
In this blog, we dive into matters that concern the Lymphatic System and give you tips on how to keep it on its toes.
What Does Our Lymphatic System Do?
The lymphatic system is a complicated network of vessels. It is somewhat similar to our blood circulatory network. Our blood circulatory system is responsible for spreading oxygen and nutrients to every cell in our body. The job of the lymphatic system, on the other hand, is to circulate important body fluid—lymph— while defending the body against infection.
For Tony Van Der Niet of Zebra Lymphatics, the lymphatic system plays three major roles in the body. He says this system is responsible for:
- Balancing all the fluid in our body,
- Keeping fluids running,
- Removing all the waste, toxins, dead cells, viruses, bacteria and so on
Enhancing the Lymphatic System with Manual Lymphatic Drainage
When the lymphatic system is functioning well, it can help keep the body’s needs in balance. However, if the lymph system doesn’t work properly as it should, a lot of things can go terribly wrong. For example, parts of the lymphoid tissue such as the lymph nodes, and spleen can become more susceptible to disease. This is where manual lymphatic drainage comes in.
The way MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage) is done is that the therapist uses light pressure coupled with long, consistent strokes to get the lymph fluid to move. He does this until toxins in the body are finally directed into the organs that can remove them properly.
People often wait until they begin to suffer from such conditions as lymphedema or lipoedema before they consider MLD. This shouldn’t be so at all. As a medical massage therapy, lymphatic drainage keeps gaining popularity among a variety of therapists and massage lovers because it offers many benefits. For one, it stimulates the immune system and gets stagnant fluids moving. If ever you feel sluggish, vulnerable to cold, or achy, that maybe your cue to go stimulate your lymphatic system.
Conditions That Can Be Treated With Lymphatic Therapy
“Because the Lymphatic system is responsible for fluid balance and waste removal, I can’t actually think of any disease or condition in the body which won’t at least be alleviated or benefit from having manual Lymphatic drainage,” says Tony. As such, manual lymphatic drainage can be used to treat a vast range of conditions including dementia, scleredema, scars, Spina bifida, breast cancer, and cesarean section.
Anyone can benefit from a good manual Lymphatic Drainage. However, people with lymphatic dysfunction tend to benefit the most.
Apart from MLD, Tony advises that you learn to change temperature as it helps with lymphatic stimulation. So you can move from a normal temperature environment into a colder environment (water, for example). Movement helps in stimulating as well. But moving in water works better. You should, however, avoid exercising on a hot day since it’ll only make matters worse.