It’s now December…
The days are dark and cold…
And seasonal viruses are lurking in the shadows.
But what if I told you a certain type of massage could support a healthy immune system?
Swelling can be dangerous
In the November issue of my monthly Logical Health Alternatives newsletter, I discuss the body’s lymphatic system.
It’s what works tirelessly behind the scenes to help fight off disease and infection.
Of course, there are many hallmark warning signs that indicate when this system begins to FAIL. But typically, it’s swelling in the limbs, hands, and feet.
This is also called lymphedema, and it raises risk for infection.
Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent this from happening.
But today, I want to focus on the benefits of a lymphatic drainage massage…
The importance of lymph drainage
Rather than focusing on muscles and knots, this type of massage applies light pressure and rhythmic movements to encourage lymph drainage.
This allows your lymph nodes to reabsorb the fluid, rather than it getting stuck in you tissues.
Lymph is a clear fluid that traps harmful toxins, waste, debris, abnormal cells, and pathogens. So, you can see why proper drainage is important to ultimately filter these things out of your body—and support a healthy immune system.
Those with lymphedema can, of course, often benefit from a lymphatic drainage massage. But others can take advantage of it, too.
In fact, those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic venous insufficiency, and lipedema may also find relief from their symptoms with this type of massage.
Plus, it can help prevent swelling after surgery and injuries. Or in those who suffer from loss of mobility.
The good news is, insurance usually covers a lymphatic drainage massage. But always talk to your doctor to determine if a lymphatic drainage massage might be right for you.
“Lymphatic Drainage Massage.” Cleveland Clinic. (my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/21768-lymphatic-drainage-massage)