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Lymphatic system

The lymphatic system is one of nine systems in the human body. The lymphatic system is made up of tissues, vessels and organs. The main aim of the lymphatic system is to move ‘lymph’ around the body and back into the bloodstream. As lymph goes through lymphatic vessels it passes through lymph nodes. This is where lymph is filtered.

The whole body is made up of lymph nodes, some larger than others. The largest lymph node is located just below the sternum above the belly button and this is where you hold your emotional trauma.

When these lymph nodes become blocked, lymph is unable to pass through and therefore doesn’t get filtered out the body. If you have one blocked lymph node, the waste products will try and find the next unblocked one. So that means that regular lymph drainage is very important in keeping all these nodes unblocked and allowing the body to drain as quickly and effectively as it can.

Some of the symptoms of having a lymph blockage can include:

  • Puffiness

  • Swelling

  • Pain on palpation

  • Prone to clenching jaw

  • Tightness

If you are experiencing one of these symptoms then it might be time to try lymphatic drainage and flush out all those waste products blocking you up.

In the meantime, there are little changes you can make at home to help your lymphatic system. One change is switching to warm water rather than drinking cold water. By drinking cold water, it shocks the system and puts the body into a sympathetic state rather than a parasympathetic which is relaxing.

A second change you can make is by doing a ‘re-setting’ exercise. Standing on your feet you’re going to lift the heels of your feet up and down but not so that the balls of your feet are coming off the ground. This is called bounding. By doing this for 30 seconds everyday as fast as you can, you are moving lymph around the body so that it isn’t sitting in one spot.

Let us know how you get on trying these two little changes and call or email the clinic to get booked in for your lymphatic assessment.



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