EFFECTS OF LYMPH BLOCKAGE
When the lymphatic system is blocked, it cannot carry out its pathogen-fighting activity and the fluid becomes stagnant, thus impairing the immune system. In addition to swelling and immune system impairment, stagnant lymph may cause on-site inflammation and infection. Unchecked, this stagnation may cause lymphedema, which can contribute to long-term, serious, painful conditions such as cellulitis.
Lack of sleep and improper diet can also contribute to lymphatic stagnancy. It is during sleep that our immune and lymphatic systems perform the housecleaning tasks of the body. If the body is very sleep-deprived, these processes are hampered and stagnation or swelling may occur. Poor dietary choices, such as consuming wheat products when sensitive to wheat, could result in swelling of the hands or even a large area such as the upper or lower torso – or both.
The lymphatic drainage massage helps move the lymph along the drainage corridors and stimulates the lymph nodes, cleaning out the system. By using certain essential oils to help address lymphatic stagnancy and lymphedema, you may find clients will experience less swelling in tissues, decreased body bloat, and reduced glandular or joint swelling, followed by decreased pain.
This type of massage is very beneficial for people who have completed their cancer treatment, have sluggish systems, travel a lot or may not take care of themselves by way of poor diet and exercise.