Manual Lymphatic Drainage
What is the Lymphatic System and what is its Function?
The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system. It is a secondary pathway to the heart, parallel to the
venous system. It moves fluids through the body and returns it to the circulatory system. The lymphatic
circulation has a slow rhythm, as compared with the blood circulation. The lymphatic system is the body’s
waste disposal. It clears away bacteria, cell debris, excess water, proteins and wastes from the connective
tissue and returns it to the bloodstream for ultimate removal by the kidneys. The word “lymph” probably
comes from the word “limpa”, meaning limpid, clear. Lymph is a fluid that originates in the connective
tissue. Once it is in the lymph capillaries, the interstitial fluid is called lymph. The initial lymph capillaries,
which originate in almost every tissue are very fine in the beginning. They slowly increase in size, into big
lymphatic collectors called ducts and trunks. The function of the lymphatic system is to collect protein and
molecules that are too large to return to the blood, and also pathogens. These proteins and molecules are
transported and filtered through the lymph nodes, acting as a purification center and then rejoin the blood
near the junction of the sublcavian and jugular veins. The purification of the lymphatic system is very
important, because if blocks lymphatic
return, blood protein and blood asmotic pressure falls below normal and fluid imbalance and death occurs
within 24 to 48 hours.. Lymphoid tissue also produces lymphocytes(white blood cells) which are important
in the immune system. The lymphatic system consists of the lymph, lymph nodes, and lymph vessels.
How can Manual Lymphatic Drainage help?
Lymphatic drainage massage increases lymphatic circulation and helps detoxify the body. It drains sluggish
lymph nodes. Lymph capillaries have no valves, so the lymph flows in all directions and so the fluid can be
shifted with lymphatic drainage massage in a desired direction. The purpose of lymphatic drainage is to
cleanse and regenerate tissues and organs, and to promote balance of chemistry. It stimulates the movement
of lymph and encourages the formation of lymphocytes that produce antibodies, increasing the body’s
resistance to infection. If tissue has been damaged, Lymphatic drainage helps to stimulate the lymphatic
system to remove wastes more rapidly from around these inflamed tissues sending it back to the lymphatic
system for removal and cleansing.
Acute infections, overactive thyroid(hormones flooding the blood), fever, serious circulatory problems
(phlebitis, venous obstruction), cardiac arrhythmia, blood clots, hemorrhage, acute absence of urination,
epilepsy(because of the danger of hyperventilation which might trigger seizures), blocked intestines,
diverticulosis, abdominal aortal aneurysm(or after surgical treatment for same), massive arteriosclerotic
changes(like metabolic disturbances such as diabetes mellitus), diseases involving inflammation of the
intestines(colitis ulcerosa, Crohn’s disease), adhesions in the abdomen as a consequence of surgical
intervention, changes in the abdomen or the lower abdominal region after radiation therapy, radiation
cystitis or colitis.
Edema, , acute asthma, burns, fresh scars, bruises, eczema, abdominal surgery, menstruation, gynecological
cysts, pregnancy, cancer.
To activate fluid circulation, to promote tissue regeneration like scars, to stimulate the immune
system(preventive), to help with bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, arthritis, acne, eczema, chronic fatigue,
fibromyalgia, auto-immune disease, to stimulate the para-sympathetic system for help with stress, depression,
insomnia, to reduce pain, to reduce muscle spasm, after trauma(whiplash), after lacerations, post surgical,
Tissue swelling in the head from ear, nose and throat region, to help with headaches, tinnitus, vertigo, to
prepare and cleanse the body pre-surgery, to reduce inflammation and accelerate healing post-surgery.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is manual pumping and drainage techniques used to keep the fluid levels of the body in balance while defending it against infection. This powerful, yet subtle technique can reduce or prevent fluid retention, filters toxins and stimulates the immune system. It’s a non-invasive approach used to address local swelling or as a total body preventative approach to optimal health and wellness. "MLD is recommended to be provided as soon as possible before & after cosmetic surgery." - Dr. Christopher Jordan.