As I am responsible for releasing articles for the blog, and at the same time I study in one of the AMCC programs, I told myself that I will kill two birds with one stone: revise my classes with you!
No kidding, there is a part in the course (I do not remember which one …) that speaks up and down about the lymphatic drainage. A very interesting subject and very practical for anyone who wants to practice in alternative medicine. After all … we study to practice, don’t we?
Here is some information gleaned on the subject:
What is Lymphatic Drainage?
As the name suggests, we seek to drain the lymph toxins that have accumulated. How? From a manual and circular pressure (not too strong anyway) following the circulation of the lymph. What does this “massage” bring to the body? It 1) increases the activity of the lymphatic glands
2) eliminates waste,
3) cleans the connective tissues.
Finally, the cleaned lymphatic glands stimulate the production of white blood cells (responsible, as we know, the immune system).
Indeed, poor irrigation (i.e. circulation) of the lymph causes swelling, including in the legs and heels. Also, the skin ages faster, we see cellulite form and the muscles are less firm. Finally, as we have seen, poor circulation due to lack of exercise weakens the antibodies.
It is therefore necessary to know first of all that it’s the physical exercise which makes it possible for the lymph to circulate as it should. Thus, it’s improving the nutrition at the level of the organs and the elimination of the waste in the tissues.
The Drainage Technique
There is a manual lymphatic drainage technique called Vodder Manual which is used in the following cases:
– fracture (and therefore post-traumatic edema)
– post-operative shock
– disorder of the circulation (varicose veins, cellulitis, Menière’s disease)
– respiratory problems
– rheumatism (back problems for example)
– infections (colds and flus)
- colitis (inflammation of the colon, severe diarrhea, severe abdominal pain and high fever)
- nervous disorder (migraines, stress, insomnia …)
- hormonal problems.
In the cases, it’s better not to practice a lymphatic drainage: hyperthyroidism, cardiac edema, hypotension, cancer (metastasis), thrombosis and phlebitis. Also, it should be noted that it’s not recommended for people who suffer from inflammation or infection as it could be worsened by drainage.