Categories: Physical Therapy2.3 min read

by Stephen Luther, M.D.


Understanding Lymphatic Drainage

Awards for best housekeeper, bodyguard, and CEO of inflammation are earned by our lymphatic system daily for its vital role in our immune system. Picture a microscopic foreign invader that discovers a break in your skin and silently sneaks in; your lymphatic system quickly detects it and sounds an intruder alert.

Your immune response rushes to action, and before it gets too far, it is picked up by lymph, a clear fluid that securely transports it through the lymphatic vessels to captivity in your lymph nodes.

Within this bean-shaped node, lymphocytes, which are specialized white blood cell warriors, skillfully destroy it. Proper lymphatic drainage avoids overcrowding (swelling) in lymph nodes and balances fluid by clearing out toxins and metabolic waste. Your overall health is boosted when good housekeeping reduces and eliminates inflammation.

Symbios Physical Therapy can assist with manual lymphatic drainage, also known as a lymphatic massage, which stimulates the flow of lymph fluid to maintain tissue health and improve healing after a surgical procedure or illness. Symbios encourages you to achieve outstanding health with our insider tips about your lymphatic system.

The Role of Lymph Nodes

More than 600 lymph nodes are in clusters throughout the body, especially in the neck, groin, armpits, abdomen, and chest. Lymph nodes contribute to our health by:

  1. Filtration: Lymph nodes filter out harmful pathogens and waste products from the lymphatic fluid.
  2. Immune Response: They house lymphocytes that detect and respond to infections, initiating an immune response to fight off invaders.
  3. Fluid Balance: By regulating the body’s fluid amount, lymph nodes help maintain tissue health and prevent swelling.

How Lymphatic Drainage Reduces Inflammation

Your body’s lymphatic system is designed to help reduce inflammation through:

  • Enhanced Fluid Removal: Lymphatic drainage reduces swelling and pressure by facilitating the removal of excess fluid and waste products from tissues.
  • Immune Support: Efficient lymphatic drainage enhances the activity of lymphocytes, which helps fight off infections and reduce inflammation.
  • Toxin Removal: Lymphatic drainage improves the immune system’s effectiveness by clearing toxins and metabolic waste.

Inflammation is a natural response to injury, surgery, or infection. However, prolonged or chronic inflammation may extend healing time or lead to various health concerns. Because your lymphatic system plays a vital role in the healing process, manual lymphatic drainage from a lymphatic massage may be recommended by your doctor.

Lymphatic Massage: A Manual Boost to Post-Procedure Healing

A lymphatic massage is a gentle, rhythmic massage technique designed to stimulate the flow of lymph, a clear fluid containing white blood cells, proteins, and waste products. It is particularly beneficial after medical procedures, including BeautiFill laser lipo, an autologous fat transfer procedure offered at Symbios Medical Spa. Discover if you can benefit from a lymphatic massage by talking to a Symbios medical expert today.



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