Lymphatic Drainage

The lymphatic system is a part of the overall circulatory system of the body.  It is composed of a system of vessels, organs, glands and tissues.  The lymphatic system plays a role in immunity, fluid balance, nutrient deliver and waste removal/detoxification.  Lymphatic vessels run along the same pathways of the veins of the circulatory system.  Instead of transporting blood, it transports a watery substance known as lymph.  Lymph is composed of fluid that can be found both within and in-between cells.  When there is a blockage in lymph flow there is usually accompanying pain due to inflammation.  Depending on the location of the blockage there could be various other symptoms.  Blockages can be caused by a number of different reasons, such as: infection, injury, tumors, hereditary conditions, etc. There are many non-invasive ways to help stimulate lymph flow.  A lymphatic drainage massage is manually done via rhythmic movements that can aid in moving stagnant lymph so that waste materials can make their way back into the blood stream for removal.