Manual Lymphatic Drainage

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The Amazing Lymphatic System:

  • Everyday your lymphatic system is responsible for managing 2-3 liters of lymphatic fluid full of water and protein located in tissues throughout your body.
  • The lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic filtration system and help to remove cell fragments and toxins before returning purified lymphatic fluid to your heart and cardiovascular system.
  • When the lymphatic system is unable to keep up with the lymphatic fluid load as a result of underlying structural incapacity or trauma, lymphedema results.
  • Lymphedema occurs when an abnormal amount of water and proteins accumulate in the tissues underneath the skin.
  • Acute post-operative lymphedema (Stage I and II) is reversible with application of manual lymphatic drainage techniques.
  • Warning signs of a stressed lymphatic system:
    • Feelings of heaviness, achiness, fatigue, numbness, tingling.
  • Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage:
    • Enables the lymphatic system to become more efficient transporting lymph fluid.
    • Activates the parasympathetic nervous system (stimulates digestion, activates metabolism, promotes relaxation)
  • Surgical procedures that involve removal of lymph nodes increase the risk for lymphedema presentations.
  • More advanced presentations of lymphedema benefit from complete decongestive therapy which includes manual lymphatic drainage, specific decongestive exercises, compression therapy and skin care.
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