The lymphatic system is a network of drains with rivers and creeks that flow into the main drains of the body.
The lymphatic system works together with the cardiovascular system to pump water throughout the body transporting nutrients, hormones, toxins, and medicines.
Unlike the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system does not have a pump – the lymphatic fluid flows due to gravity and movement. When you move, your skin puts pressure on the lymphatic pathways and moves the fluid.
Lymphatic Drainage manually moves the fluid in the lymphatic pathways by applying a very light touch to the surface of your skin and gently pushing the skin in the direction of the flow.
The most common reason that you could want Lymphatic Drainage is that your body has had trauma to the lymphatic system which is causing it to not work as well. Surgery is particularly bad about this as doctors will remove lymph nodes and damage lymph pathways while treating other conditions.
In these situations, the body's natural systems for moving toxins through and out of the body don't function properly and lymphatic fluid can pool in one area. This situation is called lymphedema and can lead to swollen limbs, very tight and hard skin, and pain.
For people without damage to their lymphatic system, Lymphatic Drainage can help restore the natural flow of the system to people who are sedentary.
Lymphatic Drainage is safe and great for children and pregnant women.