LYMPHATIC HEALTH: IMPORTANCE OF THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
ABOUT THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
The lymphatic system sits alongside the body’s cardio-vascular system quietly helping to maintain our health and well-being by performing three critical functions:
- Aiding the immune system in removing and destroying waste, debris, dead blood cells, pathogens and other toxins
- Absorbing fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system and delivers these nutrients to the cells of the body where they are used as fuel
- Removing excess fluid – ‘lymph’ – and waste products from the spaces between the cells and organs of the body
The lymphatic system is recognised by doctors in Europe and the Far East for its importance to preventive health care. They understand that a compromised lymphatic system can lead to a range of health issues including tissue swelling, poor skin tone, excess weight, cellulite, headaches, fatigue and susceptibility to illness.
HOW IT WORKS
The first thing to understand about the lymphatic system is its’ vast extent. Like the circulatory system that supplies blood, the network of lymph vessels serves almost every cell in the body. Strung along the lymph vessels like pearls knotted on a string, the lymph nodes serve as a series of cleaning filters. Lymphatic fluid percolates through the nodes, being purified and immunologically boosted at every stage.
The lymphatic system has no central pump but depends on muscle contraction and manual manipulation to move fluid. Deep breathing is another essential way we can enhance movement of lymph through our bodies. If the lymph system gets blocked or overrun (due to illness, surgery, toxic overload or lack of activity), lymph fluid backs up. This can cause swelling, excess cellulite, joint pain, nausea and fatigue. Stagnant lymph may be stored within nodes for a long period of time but eventually becomes too toxic for the body to handle well.
IMPROVING LYMPHATIC FLOW
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a well understood and specialized form of massage employed frequently in Europe and the Far East to improve lymphatic flow. It is widely available, being routinely taught in all massage schools. This is not the case in the UK, where finding a massage therapist who is trained in this technique is extremely difficult.
The Body Ballancer® fills this gap and more by providing a powerful, consistent and effective lymphatic massage. Based on the Vodder method of MLD, the Body Ballancer® enhances lymphatic flow, stimulating the whole of the lymphatic system. It delivers constant and equal pressure around the limb as the fluid is moved through the body promoting optimum health by boosting the immune function and improving removal of waste and toxins.