Rodney McBride

Massage Therapy: an excellent Modality for Lymph flow

Massage Therapy: an excellent Modality for Lymph flow

First it must be said that massage does not fix dysfunctions. Dysfunctions (structural, nutritional, emotional, electrical) are improper signaling patterns within the circuitry of the Nervous System (NS) and must corrected with proper nutrition, muscle testing and challenge to the proprioceptors. Though, massage is an excellent modality for the movement of fluid within the body and can be used to assist in the healing process after proper NS signaling has been restored. 

One of the most important structures in the body to treat after neurological dysfunction has been reestablished is the Lymphatic System (LS). The LS is part of the immune system and is primarily responsible for the removal of waste products from the intracellular tissues through the lymph vessels and into the veinous system. The LS is also involved in the transporting of water and nutrients such as in protein and fats.

Unlike the Circulatory System (CS) the LS does not have a pumping mechanism. Lymph is moved within the LS by contraction of the muscles. Muscles promote locomotion for the body so the more movement you have daily/regularly the more lymph can move through the LS. Stiffness would be an indication that lymph is stagnate and not flowing properly.

The pressure used in massage acts like a pump similar to the contraction of muscles in movement pushing lymph through the LS and into the CS. Flushing (systematically moving up the muscle in segments) strokes with moderate pressure are very effective. Albeit, there may be times when deep tissue is more appropriate. 

So if you are having chronic issues with fluid change and balance within the body then I recommend drinking plenty of water and getting massage regularly. If you are having general systemic chronic issues within the body then I recommend getting bodywork and nutritionally evaluated then massage to smooth things out.

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