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Do it yourself: Simple Lymphatic Drainage

The Lymphatic System
Of course, there may be toxins in warmed Saran Wrap. I was told by a lymphedema doctor that I may have a combination of lipodema and lymphedema. I am very interested to read about the lymph system. You will receive and give a full session over the course of this class and will leave with the skills to provide this service to your clients, family and friends. Cookies help us provide, protect and improve our products and services.

Practice Quiz: Lymphatic System Anatomy and Physiology

How to Perform Lymphatic Drainage Massage

When lymph fails to function properly, it becomes sluggish or even stagnant. The clear lymph fluid becomes cloudy and thick, changing from a condition like water to milk to yogurt to cottage cheese.

Thickened, gel-like stagnant lymph overloaded with toxic waste is an ideal environment for the onset of numerous illnesses, including cancer. Your lymphatic system includes a vast network of capillaries that transport the lymph; a series of nodes throughout the body primarily in the neck, groin, and armpits that collect the lymph; and 3 organs, namely the tonsils, spleen, and thymus gland, which produce white blood cells called lymphocytes , vital to the immune system.

Fluid containing plasma proteins, foreign particles, and bacteria that accumulate in these spaces between the cells, is called lymph. The primary purpose of the lymphatic system is to collect the lymph and to return its contents to the bloodstream. More specifically, the lymph system collects waste products and cellular debris from the tissues to eliminate toxins from the body. The lymph flows upward through the body up to the chest at the rate of 3 quarts per 24 hours where it drains into the bloodstream through two large ducts.

Lymph also flows down from the head and neck into these drainage sites. Unlike the heart, the lymphatic system does not have a pump to move it along. Rather, its movement depends on such factors as muscle contraction or manual manipulation. The lymph circulation is also a one-way circulation - it only returns fluid to the bloodstream.

Determining your body's unique needs is first determined by using Electral Dermal Screening. Electral Dermal Screening EDS is a computer-based system used to examine the body's energy levels as they relate to organs, organ systems, and glands. To prevent illness we assess risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and make appropriate recommendations.

Risk factors include your acitivity level, good and bad stress factors, eating patterns, environmental exposures, work conditions, past health issues, drug therapies and immunizations, and your unique way of "dealing" with life challenges.

When dis-ease has already occured in your life we strive to provide answers to "why" the body is behaving like it is, why your dis-ease has developed in the first place. After determining the underlying causes for your symptoms we will recommend a program to provide your body with the factors it needs to heal itself. Cory founded Alt Med Services and has been serving clients in the health care field for over 30 years. He presents at various health conferences throughout the year and has created and improved sevearl of the techniques he has learned throughout his career including but not limited to the Carter Technique of Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Mechano and Neuro-Muscular Therapy.

Carter also teaches EDS, lymphatic therapy, and Touch for Heath classes at different locations around the country throughout the year.

Cory Carter's article on breast health. Our EDS Technicians use Chinese acupuncture points that correspond to the various organs within the body. The Lymphatic System is a complex network of lymphoid organs, lymph nodes, lymph ducts, lymphatic tissues, lymph capillaries and lymph vessels that produce and transport lymph fluid from tissues to the circulatory system.

The Lymphatic System is a major part of the immune system. It is through the Lymphatic System that toxic substances move out of the body through the bloodstream. When your Lymphatic System is blocked or clogged, this creates a condition of stagnation which promotes fatigue and ill health.

Some of the common symptoms include lumps, bumps, pain and swelling. Unlike the blood circulatory system, the Lymphatic System has no pump to keep fluid flowing. Some causes of a blocked lymph system are due in part to stress, lack of exercise, improper diet and repressed communication.