The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body’s ability to drain stagnant fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system (Asdonk, 1970, Adair & Guyton, 1982). It is a complex system comprised primarily of lymph vessels and nodes working in cooperation to accomplish these tasks.
A HIDDEN KEY TO HEALTH AND LONGEVITY
THE IMPORTANCE OF LYMPH DRAINAGE FOR GOOD HEALTH
OFFERING TELEHEALTH TREATMENTS IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS
Unlike the circulatory system, which uses the pumping of the heart to circulate its blood flow, lymph vessels rely upon hundreds of tiny muscular units (lymphatics) contracting throughout the body to propel lymph flow (Mislin, 1961). These contractions enable the lymph vessels to transport numerous substances (i.e., proteins, toxins, hormones, fatty acids, immune cells) to lymph nodes, which can then process them. The action of these muscular units can be hindered or stopped, however, due to surgery, trauma, burns, infections, substantial swelling, fatigue, stress or age. When the lymph circulation stagnates, fluids, proteins, cells and toxins accumulate, and cellular functioning is significantly compromised (Adair, Guyton, 1982). This may open the way to many physical ailments and hasten the aging process.
TECHNIQUES TO A NEW LEVEL
Lymph Drainage Therapy is an original hands-on method of lymphatic drainage developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, DO (hon.). Created out of his award-winning research on the lymphatic system, LDT takes traditional lymph drainage techniques and adds a new level of precision in keeping with the latest scientific discoveries and exact anatomical science.
LDT enable practitioners to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymphatic flow. As a result, therapists can achieve profound, more precise outcomes in shorter periods of time. For clients, the process is very pleasurable and induces deep states of relaxation.
HOW LYMPH DRAINAGE
THERAPY IS PERFORMED
The LDT process involves the use of gentle manual maneuvers to aid in the recirculation of body fluids. While the exact amount of pressure applied depends on the area and pathology involved, it averages an extremely light five grams, or the equivalent weight of a nickel.
Using this technique, trained therapists are able to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. From there they can use their hands to perform Manual Lymphatic Mapping (MLM) of the vessels to assess the overall direction of the lymphatic circulation, areas of stagnation, and the best alternate pathways for draining lymph and other body fluids (Chikly, 2001).
As this cross=section of lymph vessels shows, the body’s lymphatic system is very extensive and complex. It helps circulate fluids, proteins and immune cells throughout the body, plus eliminate toxins and waste products.
THE BENEFITS OF LYMPH
- Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of many origins
- Relief of chronic and subacute inflammation and conditions such as acne, eczema and allergies
- Immune system stimulation for preventive and therapeutic effects
- Regeneration of tissues (e.g., from burns and pre and post-surgical scarring) and anti-aging effects
- Detoxification of the body
- Relief of chronic pain
- Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression, stress, loss of vitality, and loss of memory
- Antispastic actions to relieve conditions such as voluntary or involuntary muscle hypertonus
- Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
“THE COMPLETELY NEW ENHANCEMENT OF LDT IS THE PALPATION OF THE LYMPH FLOW - INCLUDING IS RHYTHM, QUALITY AND DIRECTION - IN THE DIFFERENT LAYERS OF THE TISSUES. (BRUNO CHIKLY’S) WORK HAS OPENED THE POSSIBILITY FOR PRACTITIONERS TO MAP THE LYMPHATIC FLOW, GREATLY ENHANCING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE WORK.”
-R.S. MEDICAL DOCTOR
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