Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage
The lymphatic system is a branch of the circulatory system made up of organs (spleen, thymus, tonsils and adenoids), lymph nodes, and lymph vessels. It produces the clear, extracellular fluid that bathes the tissues (lymph), and circulates it through the lymphatic system and back into the bloodstream. The lymphatic system is responsible for keeping our bodies free from excess water, protein, bacteria, viruses, inorganic materials, destroyed cells resulting from surgery or trauma, cancer cells and dead cells. It transports white blood cells and is a major part of the immune system.
“Because lymph fluid moves slowly without 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 massage and drainage provide another helpful option,” writes Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP, in The Lymph System and Your Health.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a gentle, connective tissue massage technique that accelerates the movement of lymph. The precise, rhythmic strokes and pumping action of the massage cause the small lymphatic capillaries near the skin surface to open and close, enhancing the movement of the lymph. It is one of the therapeutic modalities offered at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto.
The benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage include:
- enhances immune function
- decongests all lymphatic pathways
- improves nutrition to the tissues, increases tissue metabolism
- promotes elimination functions, helps remove toxins
- reduces edema or tissue fluid retention, establishes fluid balance
- stimulates pain-inhibitory reflexes, reduces pain
- induces deep relaxation.