What Is Lymphatic Massage?
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. A major part of the body’s immune system, the primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.
Lymph itself is a clear-to-white fluid made up of white blood cells, especially lymphocytes, the cells that attack bacteria in the blood and a fluid from the intestines called chyle, which contains proteins and fats
Lymphatic massage encourages healthy lymph flow and has a number of benefits that we will be examining in this article.
How Does Lymphatic Massage Work?
Normally, standard bodily functions like breathing or exercising promote lymph circulation. However, injury, medical conditions, pain, and certain medicines can restrict movement, and therefore the flow of lymph, which in turn restricts the quality of lymph circulation.
Since proper lymph circulation determines the environment that supports and nourishes every cell in the body, manual stimulation of the lymph system can help patients with reduced mobility maintain a healthy immune system and help to lean out extracellular debris and reduce swelling and subsequent pain to speed recovery.
Because most lymph vessels are mostly superficial, lying just beneath the dermo-epithelial junction, massage therapists are able to use manual pressure to widen lymph vessel openings and to stimulate lymphangions to contract and release, increating lymphatic flow.
What Are the Benefits of Lymphatic Massage?
- Reducing inflammation by bringing excess fluid and waste from the extracellular space into lymph circulation
- Increasing blood and lymph circulation. Lymph returns to the bloodstream and heart at the subclavian vein, thereby increasing nutrition and excretion of harmful wastes
- Stimulating tissue regeneration via that cleaner environment
- Stimulating immune responses by bringing substances into contact with more white blood cells;
- Stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system to counter the effects of trauma with slow, rhythmic lymphatic strokes at the pace of natural lymph flow;
- Improving mood via processing hormones, neuropeptides or medications that may alter the emotional state
- Reducing pain through reducing inflammation. Also, slow, rhythmic lymphatic strokes provide intermittent pressure stimulus to override pain signals
- Increasing peristalsis, thereby reducing the discomfort of irritable bowel syndrome.
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Barbara Alcaraz, M.A., B.A., L.M.T.
Massage Therapy Program Chair
M. A. Organizational Management, University of Phoenix
B.A. University of Minnesota, American Studies
L.M.T. Northwest Health Careers