Champaign Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Lymph Drainage Therapy involves stimulating and moving fluids through your lymphatic system using gentle touch. The lymphatic system is a fluid system that circulates throughout your body in parallel to your cardiovascular system. It covers almost the same area as the circulatory system, and is connected, circulating back through the heart.
The lymphatic system has several important jobs. Its first function is to take care of excess fluid that cannot be reabsorbed through the capillary bed. It also removes cellular waste and infectious materials, and brings these to the lymph nodes. The killer cells of the immune system are primarily stored in the lymph nodes, where they break down the waste and take care of infections. When you have an infection, you often get swollen lymph nodes, and this is an indication that your body’s immune system is doing its job.
The lymph system drains spaces between the cells, where cells expel toxins and infectious material. The body then sends these materials through what is known as the body’s water sheds, or areas of drainage, to a grouping of lymph nodes. The majority of lymph nodes can be found in the abdominal cavity surrounding your organs, and also in your neck, armpits and groin areas.
When you have a lymph blockage, lymph fluid can become backed up resulting in edema, or swelling. Lymphodema is a more serious clinical problem with chronic swelling. Swelling can be associated with pain and decreased mobility and is a sign of inflammation in the body. The primary reason this backup happens is that the lymphatic system is not able to carry the fluid away as fast as it is being produced, thus resulting in a buildup. Lymph drainage therapy can assist your body in helping to restore this flow.
When the lymphatic system is unable to carry the waste and infectious materials away quickly enough, this can cause swelling and sometimes even a backup of lymph. Chuck works from the nearest lymph nodes and away, thus encouraging the backed up lymph to drain. These techniques can also be used to restore the flow of lymph if there has been a trauma or surgery that causes a blockage.