What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic, or lymph system, is the body’s waste-removal system. It works by moving fluids through networks of vessels in the body, controlling the fluid balance between blood and tissues, and then ridding the body of metabolic waste, contributing to a healthier immune system while assisting the body in fighting off various diseases. It is also essential for the absorption of fats and fat-soluble nutrients.
Swollen Glands and the Lymph System
Many of the things we encounter day-to-day cause significant metabolic waste in our bodies, some of which can be toxic. The lymph nodes will swell if there is an infection present, this is what people often identify as “swollen glands.” This comes from the build-up of lymph fluid, bacteria, or other foreign organisms in the immune system cells. When toxins like this accumulate, we can often feel fatigued, experience low energy, and go through mood swings. These symptoms are often mistaken for depression or anxiety by physicians.
The lymph system is one of the only systems in the body that needs to be pumped manually through daily movements or massage. If you are not remaining active or seeking out massage therapy, especially during cold and flu season, you may be putting yourself at risk for sickness.
Symptoms of a Clogged Lymphatic System
How do you know if it’s time to detoxify your system? Check to see if you have you experienced any of these symptoms within the past 12 months:
• Muscle aches
• Joint pain
• Excessive sinus problems
• Trouble sleeping
• Brain fog
• Water retention
• Food cravings
• Inability to lose weight
• Skin problems (Acne, Rosacea, Rashes, Eczema, Psoriasis)
• Puffy, dark circles under your eyes
• Bad breath
How to Massage away Toxins in the Lymphatic System
If you answered yes to one or more of these symptoms, it’s time to consider detoxifying your system. Lymphatic drainage massage is an excellent tool to rid your body of unwanted toxins that are stored in your lymph nodes. Check out our tutorial on our blog on how to manually drain your lymphatic system at home. If you want to leave it to the professionals, call Pure Knead Massage today to book your lymphatic drainage massage!