Spring is just around the corner, as our days are becoming longer and the botanicals are beginning to bud! If you too are starting to thaw out from the winter hibernation filled with hearty food and long naps, then now is a perfect time reset your lymphatic system! A deep tissue massage here at Escapes Massage Therapy in San Antonio will help balance your lymph and increase your overall immunity!
But First, What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymph system works in combination with your immune system to move both bacteria and toxins out, in addition to moving white blood cells to combat any incoming illness. The lymph system helps protect us from inflammation and is our internal detoxing system that moves within the blood vessels and lymph nodes to carry things to tissues and harmful contagions out.
How Does the Lymph System Function?
When our bodies come into contact with toxins, viruses, and bacteria it swims in our lymph fluid and can become trapped in our lymph nodes where the immune system goes to work and inundates the intruders with white blood cells to combat infection.
The lymph system also supports the balance of all of our bodily fluids, so to prevent abnormal water retention and swelling or dehydration. With any extra fluid, it is the lymph’s duty cycle it out. Fluid can be compounded when fluid builds in a damaged area. Lymph nodes then become swollen and tender. Common lymph nodes under your ears on the sides of your jaw, your armpits, and genitals. Lymph nodes are found throughout your body — from your head all the way down to your feet!
Health Issues That Affect the Lymph System
When the lymph system becomes overtaxed it can directly affect the following and present symptoms such as:
- Joint pain
- Body and muscle aches
- Chronic fatigue
- An impaired immune response including a sore throat and colds
This can result in frequent infections, arthritis, and fibromyalgia.
Give Your Lymphatic System a Hand
If you’re looking to help your body detox this spring, addressing your lymph system is imperative! We’ll look more deeply into massage, but here are a couple more things to consider.
- Reduce your inflammation response – Inflammation doesn’t always appear out of thin air, it is caused by lifestyle and environmental factors. When you consume a healthy diet abundant with vegetables and whole, unprocessed foods coupled with nourishing and hydrating beverages (water and unsweetened tea). The fiber coupled with antioxidants help move things through to nourish and detoxify your body. Exercise and movement is also part of the equation — when you move your body you move your lymph!
- Other lifestyle factors such as smoking, sleep, and stress will also impact the lymph system. Smoking is a no-brainer and everyone knows the harm of it, so if you’re doing it, try to quit. Also try to get at least seven hours of restful, uninterrupted sleep, and reduce stress as much as possible. This may look like taking a long stroll after work or meditating upon waking.
- Infrared saunas are also another excellent choice for revving up your lymph system. The sauna will increase your sweat production, quickly removing toxins from tissues. It also increases wound healing and moves the lymph.
Massage for Lymph Health!
Massage is inherently relaxing, rejuvenating, and a wonderful self-care ritual, but it is also extremely therapeutic to soothe achy muscles and increase your overall blood flow. Massage dates back to ancient civilizations such as China, Greece, Thailand, and Sweden and recent studies have found that therapeutic massage greatly benefits the lymph system, in addition to regulating hormones and healing damaged tissues.
Because a massage therapist is manipulating and kneading the tissue, as a result it positively affects the lymph system and its ability to remove toxins. A massage therapist also has a good grasp on the anatomy and physiology of the lymph, so they can assist your body in clearing the waste. The lymph is right below the skin’s surface ad with light, circular pressure, a massage therapist can stimulate the lymph for long-lasting health benefits.
When a Massage is Beneficial to the Lymph System
What is wonderful about massage therapy is it can benefit just about everyone in stimulating the lymph. A lymph massage can be scheduled if you’re feeling sluggish or fatigued, or if you’re recovering from illness. Likewise, it’s also wonderful to support your body’s natural ability to detox and it can help strengthen your immune response.
A lymph massage is also favorable for athletes and people who suffer with chronic inflammation. When lymph vessels become overworked either from inflammation or injury, the tissues is swollen and the lymph fluid is working hard to remove the buildup. A lymph massage can address this issue in a gentle way and can initiate the movement to promote healing.
If you’re looking for a way to help revitalize your complexion, a lymph facial massage is a great technique to restore vitality. The lymph will be able to move more freely in your face, resulting in a fresh face that’s clearer and free of toxins.
As we’ve explored, the lymph system biologically functions to remove fluids and harmful bacteria and toxins. Lymph can be moved and flushed from our systems in a myriad of ways, namely through massage.
Escapes Massage Therapy
If you need to rev up your lymph system and get a fresh and healthy start to spring, schedule an appointment with us today!