The lymphatic system is delicate meshwork of tissues and organs that consist of lymph vessels, lymph nodes and lymph fluid. Its function is to transport lymph: a clear fluid containing white blood cells that help the body fight infections.
Lymphatics rid the body of toxins such as dead cells, viruses, fats, inorganic substances, bacteria and other unwanted materials. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are all part of the lymphatic system, which is also responsible for maintaining proper fluid balance within the body.
Small lymph vessels lead into others like branches of a tree, forming lymph trunks that lead to nodes. The lymph nodes filter and purify the lymphatic fluid. There are between 400-700 lymph nodes in the body, half of which are located in the abdomen. 170-200, in the neck. They range in size from as small as the head of a pin to as large as an olive.
The lymph vessels help to carry and remove proteins that are too large for the tiny capillaries of the circulatory system to process. When these proteins and other metabolic wastes build up it can cause swelling and edema, along with a host of other symptoms associated with a sluggish lymphatic system, such as:
• Swollen glands
• Low immunity
• Brain fog
• Sore or stiff joints upon waking
• Dry itchy skin, rashes, acne
• Frequent colds and infections
• Swollen fingers
• Increased environmental allergies
• Breast swelling/soreness
• Nasal/throat congestion
• Chronic sinus congestion
• Puffy eyes
• Constipation/GI disturbances
• Poor mood
• Menstrual cramps
• Fatigue and overall sluggishness
70% of the lymphatic system lies superficially, just under the surface of the skin. So if too much pressure is applied you can collapse the wall of the vessel and diminish the flow of lymph. This is what makes vacuum therapy an outstanding method for draining lymph manually.
Lymphatic drainage at Pure Therapy involves the use of the modern cupping technology of vacuum therapy, also known as Medicupping. This advanced bodywork machine creates a consistent pumping, which mimics the natural rhythm of the lymphatic system’s movement.
The combination of vacuum therapy and Heather’s extensive knowledge of the lymphatic system come together to produce real results that are highly effective.
Increasing lymphatic output increases the immune system’s ability to detoxify the body and respond in a timely manner to all the stress put onto it.
Cumulative treatments will produce the best long term outcome but results are noticeable even after your first session.
Its important to understand how to effectively move lymph, and when not to work on this delicate system.
Contraindications for Lymphatic Drainage:
• Acute inflammation
• Malignant tumors
• Thrombosis or Phlebitis
• Major heart problems
Precautions for Lymphatic Drainage:
• Kidney problems
• Bronchial asthma
• Thyroid problems
• First trimester of pregnancy
• Removed spleen (shorter session required to start)