Day in and day out, the lymphatic system is integral to your health and wellbeing. The lymphatic and circulatory systems act in tandem regulating your body’s fluid levels, staging an immunity response and stimulating healing.
As such, swelling and its related symptoms are sure signs something is amiss. Lymphatic massage therapy (MLD) addresses swelling while it supports improved lymphatic function.
Like a highway network, the lymphatic system's lymph vessels, glands, nodes and organs (thymus, bones, tonsils, adenoids, spleen) form a body-wide transportation grid which moves lymph fluid. Trauma and disease cause roadblocks along that network and slow, or even stop, normal lymph flow. The resulting traffic jam of lymph builds in your tissues and you experience swelling.
Lymph has three important jobs: to feed, fight and clean. It contains white blood cells, water, salt and lipids which provide nourishment to tissues and cells. The white blood cells, called lymphocytes, fight off infections and bacteria. And, as healing is underway, lymph collects dead tissues and metabolic debris for disposal. These essential processes are interrupted by temporary or permanent damage to your lymphatic system.