A healthy lymphatic system helps eliminate wastes and toxins from your body and nourishes your cells with proteins and fats. It also helps fight infection by transporting white blood cells (particularly lymphocytes). White blood cells attack bacteria in the blood. However, if your lymphatic system is damaged by surgery, illness or other issues, your lymphatic system can become clogged and cause fluids to build up in your lymph system and lymph nodes - a condition known as lymphedema.
What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema is typically characterized by swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs. While there is no cure for lymphedema, it can be managed using a treatment called lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic drainage involves gentle pressure and massage to move waste fluids and toxins away from the damaged area in your lymphatic system.
What is the lymphatic system?
The lymphatic (lymphoid) system is part of the immune system and complementary to the circulatory system. It is made up of a large network of fluid, vessels and organs such as:
- Lymphatic Vessels
- Lymph Nodes
- Lymphatic (Lymphoid) Organs
- Lymphoid Tissues
- Collecting Ducts
The lymphatic system moves lymph away from the cells and tissues and returns it to the circulatory system (bloodstream). Lymph is a colorless-to-white, watery fluid that drains from cells and tissues.
What are the symptoms of a clogged lymphatic system?
Symptoms of a clogged lymphatic system can include:
- Swelling in the Fingers
- Morning Stiffness
- Cold Hands and Feet
- Brain Fog
- Chronic Fatigue
- Excess Weight
- Food Sensitivities
- Digestive Issues
- Dry or Itchy Skin
- Sinus Infections
- Frequent Colds and Flu
- Weakened Immunity
- Enlarged Lymph Nodes
- Unexplained Injury and Illness
Can I do anything to keep my lymphatic system healthy?
Here are a few ways you can help keep your lymphatic system healthy and active:
- Incorporate red raw foods like beets, cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, berries into your diet.
- Stop wearing tight-fitting clothes. Men should consider switching briefs and other tight-fitting underwear to more comfortable and loose-fitting boxers. Women, don't wear bras and underwear all the time. Give your body a chance to breathe.
- Laugh and breathe - believe it or not, taking the time to do these two simple things does help keep your lymphatic system healthy.
For those who need a little extra help with their lymphatic health, lymphatic drainage by our specially trained therapists may help unclog damaged areas and relieve the pain and discomfort of lymphedema.
What is lymphatic drainage?
Lymphatic drainage, also known as manual lymphatic drainage, relieves swelling, pain and discomfort resulting from medical treatments, surgery or illness blocks your lymphatic system. It involves the gentle manipulation of your body to help lymph move through your body.
Call us today to see if lymphatic drainage can help you.