Manual lymphatic drainage – function and effect
The lymphatic system is – besides the blood circulation – the most important means of transport in the human body. As an essential part of the immune system, it functions mainly as a defence mechanism against infections. The task of the lymphatic system is to continuously cleanse the tissue and supply cells with oxygen and nutrients. In the process, toxins, pathogens or old body cells are absorbed into the lymph, where they are rendered harmless by defence cells. Only with a functioning lymphatic system is the body able to protect itself against diseases and remain healthy in the long term. If the lymphatic system is damaged, symptoms such as swelling (oedema) or inflammation can become noticeable, which are often the result of a weakened immune system.
With manual lymphanic drainage, the lymphatic system can be specifically stimulated – without the need for medication – to restore stability and immunity in the body.
When is lymphatic drainage suitable?
Lymph, just like blood, is a vital body fluid without which the body cannot function. Weakening of the lymph occurs mainly after operations, the removal of lymph nodes, burns, migraines or other diseases such as osteoarthritis. If the lymph is severely overtaxed, the body reports back with swelling (oedema), inflammation or infection. Swelling (oedema) is primarily the result of a build-up of body water in the tissue. With the help of lymph drainage, the accumulated toxins can be expelled and the body can recover both externally and internally.
How does a manual lymph drainage work?
Manual lymphatic drainage is known from physiotherapy and aims to remove excess or accumulated tissue fluid. The tissue fluid itself consists of water containing proteins and nutrients. Its main function is to protect the body’s immune system from pathogens and infections. Lymphocytes are formed in the lymphatic organs, which protect the body from pathogens. The lymphocytes formed are transported together with waste products of the metabolism to the lymph nodes, where harmful pathogens or bacteria are screened out.
Using various pressure, circular, stretching and grip techniques, which are performed manually, oedemas can be treated specifically to free the affected areas from accumulated toxins. The massage aims to stimulate the contractions of the weakened lymphatic vessels in such a way that accumulated fluids can be pumped on or released. Once the congestion is released or the constricted tissue fluid, including bacteria and viruses, can be moved to continue flowing, swelling or inflammation will decrease and the body will return to its original function. Apart from the treatment of oedema, lymphatic drainage can have an overall relaxing and pain-relieving effect on the body: Thus, massage can contribute to good digestion and improved mobility of the body.
A functioning lymphatic system forms the basis for a stable immune system. Through its cleansing and transport function, it repels pathogens and toxins and makes them harmless to protect the body. In general, lymphatic drainage strengthens the immune system, prevents water retention and inflammation and reduces internal stress in order to keep the body stable and strong in the long term.