Julia Schulenburg, NMD, CLT
- Describe the physiology of the lymphatic system
- Describe what lymphatic drainage is and why it is important
- Describe various techniques and methods for assisting lymphatic drainage
Lymphatic therapy is a highly beneficial form of physical therapy. The lymphatic system is often not specifically addressed in the plan of care, and yet it plays a critical role in maintaining healthy bodily functions. Integrative medicine needs to consider it in the management of detoxification and postoperative rehabilitation, specifically in the prevention of edema and inflammation. The lymph vessels can become clogged and congested with toxins and protein deposits. This will cause a sluggish flow of lymphatic fluid. A person can experience pain from swelling and edema in the surrounding tissues and experience other undesirable affects, such as liver congestion, abdominal swelling, swelling and fluid stasis. Various lymphatic drainage therapies stimulate the movement of fluid within the lymphatic vessels, promoting the elimination of accumulated toxins and pollutants and relieving generalized edema and lymphedema, swollen and tender lymph nodes, localized or generalized areas of pain and discomfort related to lymphatic blockage.