The lymphatic system is one of three circulatory systems found in the body (the other two being the cardiovascular and cranial sacral systems). This system is like a sewage system comprised of vessels, ducts and nodes that transports lymph to processing centers for elimination. Lymph is fluid that contains waste material such as toxins, excess fluids, byproducts, macromolecules, protein, lymphocytes, macrophages, etc.
The lymphatic system can become easily overloaded with toxins due to injury or sickness. When this occurs, lymph flow can stagnate (slow down or stop) due to swelling, chronic inflammation, lack of physical activity, stress, fatigue, emotional shock, age, poorly fitted brassieres, or brassieres worn for an excessive amount of time. If the system is not functioning well, the lymph fluid can fill in the vessels, overflow into the surrounding tissue and clog the lymph nodes. As a result, the regeneration of cells become less effective, cellular oxygenation decreases, tissue regeneration diminishes and the immune system becomes suppressed.
Lymphatic drainage therapy can be done in two ways…
Manual lymphatic therapy is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural circulation of the lymph through the body. This technique is done by using a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements on the localized lymphatic reflex point for the organ(s) in question.
Electro lymphatic therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses a hand-held wand with a glass head that contains ionic chambers. This device disperses photons or little packets of electric energy that pulsate into the lymph system, to not only stimulate the lymph flow, but by creating a negative energy charge , helps to dissolve any obstructions in the fluid which can cause blockages and clog up the lymphatic system. Sessions are normally an hour in length and are painless as well as relaxing and stimulating.