The lymphatic system is a crucial part of our immune systems. A healthy, active lymphatic system uses the natural movements of smooth muscle tissue to eliminate our body waste and carries white blood cells around our bodies to help prevent infection.Via a network of hundreds of lymph nodes, it drains fluid called lymph and transports it back into our bloodstreams. It also removes bodily waste.
If there is an obstruction in our lymphatic system, fluid can start to build up.
Water retention or fluid retention (oedema) occurs when excess fluid builds up within the body. This can cause swelling, which is commonly seen in the feet, ankles and legs. Lymphatic drainage can be used to reduce this swelling.Surgery, medical conditions, or other damage can cause fluids to build up in our lymph system and lymph nodes. This condition is known as lymphedema.
Lymphatic massage is not recommended for people with the following conditions:
- Congestive heart failure
- History of blood clots or stroke
- Current infection
- Liver problems
- Kidney problems