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Signs Of Lymphatic Dysfunction & What Can Help

The lymphatic system is important for your overall well-being and health. It's responsible for protection from illness, removing waste from your extracellular matrix, and maintaining fluid levels throughout your body. A lymphatic system dysfunction or blockage can result in symptoms like water retention, sluggishness, bloating, and weight gain. 

Lymphatic massage can help in unblocking the lymphatic system. Here's what you need to know if you are considering a lymphatic massage to drain your lymphatic system.

Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is made of mostly water with immune cells, fats, and proteins that pick up excess fluid and waste products from tissues so they can be deposited into the bloodstream and flushed out of the body. This fluid is called lymph. A blockage in the lymphatic system will result in the inability for this to occur, which in turn will result in swelling due to water retention. It can also cause a thickening of adipose tissue, otherwise known as body fat. 

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

A massage that is done specifically to drain the lymphatic system will be done by focusing on unblocking the lymphatic system so the lymph can move more freely. The massage is done along the lymphatic nodes and vessels by using compression, stretching, cupping, and gliding movements to assist in clearly any blockages. 

When you have a lymphatic drainage massage done, it's important that you do several things so you don't slow down or disrupt the effects of the massage. 

  • Hydrate. Hydration is crucial to have a proper amount of fluid in your body and in the lymphatic system. Be sure you are drinking an adequate amount of fresh, clean water throughout the day. 
  • Healthy foods. Eat healthy foods that will assist your lymphatic system in working properly following the massage. Avoid eating foods that contain a lot of chemicals and are highly processed. Eat anti-inflammatory foods that will help reduce water retention. 
  • Herbs. Certain herbs can help improve your lymphatic system. Ask your masseuse if he or she can recommend an herbal supplement to assist in the drainage of your lymphatic system. 

A lymphatic massage is an excellent way to detoxify your body, particularly if you are experiencing water retention, bloating, and weight gain. While a lymphatic drainage massage may help you achieve your weight loss goals, taking a comprehensive approach to improve your lymphatic system can help you see results more quickly as you work together with the masseuse in unblocking your lymphatic system. 

For more information, contact a company like Massage Solutions LLC.