What Is Lymphatic Drainage and Why Should You Care?
Despite the fact the lymphatic system of the body plays a pivotal role in removing waste products from the body, it is not one we hear about often. The lymphatic system is a crucial player in your body’s ability to ward off disease and heal from injury. When the lymphatic system is sluggish or clogged, the body retains damaging toxins. Cellulite is only one of the common symptoms of inadequate lymphatic drainage. Others include constant minor aches and pains, low energy, susceptibility to colds and flu, not to mention swelling in your fingers, feeling stiff or sore when you wake up in the morning, brain fog, bloating, and excess weight. So, as you can imagine, this plethora of symptoms doesn’t make it easy to determine that you are experiencing a clogged immune system. The good news is, there is treatment for this relatively common affliction.
There are many approaches to help get the lymph fluid flowing again, such as starting to move again by adding exercise to your daily routine, also, avoid sitting or standing for extended periods of time. Unlike blood circulation, the lymphatic system has no central pump, such as the heart, to move fluid to the lymph glands. Instead, it uses the massaging effect of surrounding muscles to move the fluid. This is why exercise is important. Simple changes like eating a cleaner diet, incorporating red raw foods like beets, cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, berries, and simply breathing and laughing! Yes-breathing and laughing! Another common suggestion is to not wear tight-fitting clothing. However, often these lifestyle changes alone aren’t enough to combat the issue. Lymphatic enhancement therapy is available to unclog the pipes and get your lymph fluid and detoxification moving again and can include several different elements.
Compression bandages or garments, such as sleeves, gloves, stockings, or tights, fitted over affected limbs act as a counterforce to muscles. This stimulates more effective lymph drainage. The combination of exercise and compression encourages the fluid to move out of the affected limb. Compression garments may also be applied after a massage session to prevent fluid from accumulating in the limb again.
Massage is also another method to help stimulate lymphatic drainage. Specialized massages called manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) – usually carried out by a specialist therapist – move fluid from the swollen areas into working lymph nodes, where it can be drained. With the help of a specialist, you can also learn self-massage technique known as simple lymphatic drainage (SLD).
At Core IV Therapy, we offer several therapies that help stimulate lymphatic drainage. One service is the GeForce Vibration Plate, which benefits your overall health, beyond just your physical fitness. Regularly using a vibration plate for massage results in a significant increase in blood circulation in the arms and legs and helps stimulate lymphatic drainage by Increasing nutrients to the body’s cells which prompts a more effective elimination of waste products.
If you’re looking for something more subtle but extremely effective, we also offer Ionic Foot Detox. This process is based on bioenergetics technology that creates an energy field similar to the human body’s. The principle is similar to how a magnet works, except in this case the magnetic force functions to help cancel out and eliminate harmful free radicals and other toxins from the body. Ionic Foot bath is a that incorporates water charged with positive and negative ions or electrolytes. But this is no bottle of Gatorade. The bath helps draw toxins from your body out through your feet through a process of exchange between the positive and negative ions in your body, and their opposite numbers in the water.
Keep in mind that detoxification is an ongoing process in our bodies, but occasionally our lymphatic systems need a little help to keep the process moving. A regular regimen of treatments will not only stimulate your lymphatic system, but will also reduce the appearance of cellulite, encourage internal blood and fluid circulation, and bring back that healthy glow to your skin…and maybe even that skip in your step!
Contact us today for more information and to find out if any of these services may be right for you.