The Lymphatic System
... November 21, 2016
The Lymphatic System: What is it?
The Lymphatic System consists of lymph vessels located just beneath the skin, meeting up with lymph nodes scattered throughout the body but mainly located in our neck, armpits and groins.
What does the Lymphatic System Do?
The Lymphatic System plays a large role in immune function and circulation. It is responsible for transporting excess water, proteins and wastes from the connective tissue back to the blood stream. During this process, the system helps clean, filter and concentrate the fluid by carrying waste product to the lymph nodes to be broken down and eliminated while the protein rich fluid is transported back to the heart to re-join circulation.
What is Manual Lymph Drainage and Why Should I use it?
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle and rhythmic massage technique that can make lymph flow faster and stimulate new connection between lymph vessels if there is vessel damage or not available.
A few weeks of intensive MLD treatment can help the affected extremity return to a normal or near normal size. It also can help many other conditions such as post-mastectomy lymphedema, migraines, ports injuries, scar tissue, acne, post-operative, plastic surgery and arthritis.
More importantly, manual lymph drainage helps the body to recover faster by accelerating the lymph flow and drainage mechanisms.
In Lehman’s terms, if you know you have swelling in the limb(s), and the size is not decreasing, get MLD treatment because the quicker the drainage is taking place, the faster the recovery will be.
Is MLD Therapy Generic?
Although, there will be different procedures before and after the MLD treatment but that is totally dependent on the severity of the patient’s condition. The Lymphatic System plays part of our body’s defense against infection. If it is not performing properly then our immune system is in jeopardy.
Imagine the pathways become congested, blocked, damage, or severed (by one of these conditions: chronic inflammation, ulceration, hematoma etc…). The fluid can build up in the connective tissue causing swelling and thickening of the skin.
Depending on your condition, gradually or rapidly you will see is a noticeable of different sizes of your extremity commonly but can be involves with torso as well. This will increase if treatment is not taken into consideration and eventually leading up to a condition known as Lymphedema.
Lymphedema:Is there a Cure?
Unfortunately, it is known as an incurable disease. BUT, it is manageable if recognized and treated early. The treatment is through the Combined Decongestive Therapy and is involved in five components:
- Compression Therapy
- Skin Care
I encourage all patients whom are the victim of Lymphedema, to try out this service and not to be pessimistic. Don’t give up your dreams and stop your daily activities because there is always something for you.
Please visit Lymph Ontario to connect with other Lymphedema patients and to learn more about the condition.