Massage Aids in Lymphatic Circulation
The lymphatic system is an extremely important system in our body, made up of lymph, lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes and other accessory organs and tissues. Lymphocytes (which are white blood cells) aid in attacking bacteria and other metabolic waste products). Thus, the function of this particular system is to filter and clean out the waste products in the blood. Our body then drains these products into the right and left subclavian veins, leaving a cleaner, healthier, more physically active and happy body! Without the proper functioning of the lymphatic system, edema (swelling) can develop and the waste products in the blood do not get filtered out as they should. Massage therapy, in addition to skeletal movement, aids in this lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic drainage strokes, which are very light and rhythmic, following the unidirectional roadmap of the lymphatic vessels. By assisting in the movement of lymph, massage therapy provides an aid to the body during this filtration process.