Do you suffer from a feeling of pressure in the head, sinus congestion, runny nose or a cough? The lymphatic system is an important part of the immune system and may be the key to healing of all these evils; it just needs simple drainage. But, how to massage the lymphatic system?
The organs and tissues that help in the production and storage of white blood cells whose role are to help the body fight diseases and infections form the lymphatic system. Lymphatic organs are: the spleen (the largest organ), lymph nodes, bone marrow and thymus. White blood cells that fight infection are contained in liquid called lymph. The main function of the lymphatic system is to circulate the liquid through the body, where the nodes will take care of the filter. They are many in the body and are located in the groin (body part located at the junction of the thigh and lower abdomen), lungs, armpits and the heart.
Several problems related to the lymphatic system may occur and are usually caused by bacteria or viral infection of a specific part of the system. For example:
Retention of fluids in the body, called edema;
Lymphatic cancer, or Hodgkin’s disease;
Viral infection known as glandular fever or infectious mononucleosis, and is most common in young adults;
Presence of infections and bacteria near the tonsils, named tonsillitis.
Bloating is the most common symptom of disorder of the lymphatic system.
Massage your lymphatic system
Massaging certain points of the lymphatic system will increase the body’s ability to heal itself and help drain excess fluids that cause congestion and headaches due to increased pressure within the skull. There are different types of massage that can promote lymphatic drainage which takes only 15 minutes a day. It will help you detoxify the body and help fight diseases while providing a feeling of relaxation and well-being.
Benefits of lymphatic massage
There are many reasons that will make you practice this daily massage:
Lymph nodes can process up to 10 times more lymph after the drainage.
Improves the work of the nodes to efficiently protect your body against different types of infections.
Better elimination of toxins from the body by increasing the flow of lymph through the lymph nodes.
Activation of the parasympathetic responses (nervous system) will relax your body and relieve your tensions.
Draining of liquids that cause sinus congestion, throat and pressure in the head.
How to massage the lymphatic system
This massage is very easy to perform. Lymph nodes are an important part of the lymphatic system and their number is between 500 and 700. Most of them are in the groin area, neck, stomach and armpits, so this massage will focus on these areas.
Lymphatic drainage is made by light touches and will be more effective if the pressure is as light as possible. You can pump the lymphatic vessels by gently stretching your skin. Next, remove your hands from the skin, otherwise it will only move the nodes back and forth.
First, start with the neck area, concentrating on the area below the ears, and go to your stomach to finish with a lymphatic drainage of the legs.
Practice this massage for 15 minutes each day and you’ll be more relaxed and healthier. You can boost the effect of this drainage by drinking lots of water, performing acupuncture and physical exercise, taking steam baths or going to the sauna.
Side effects of lymphatic drainage
This massage of the lymphatic system is not recommended for people who suffer from tumors, infectious conditions, kidney failure and hyperthyroidism. It is also to be avoided while menstruating because it activates the bloodstream and can cause bleeding.