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What Role Does the Lymphatic System Play in Our Bodies?

hand-heart-on-stomach-sqThe lymphatic system is a network of vessels that flow throughout the body. Together with your other tissues, organs and glands, the primary role of this system is to drain a fluid, called lymph, from throughout your body and return it to your blood.

Lymph nodes, which we often hear a lot about when it comes to staying healthy, are actually small clusters of cells that exist along the network of the lymph vessels. They clean the fluid as it passes through, removing things that can cause illness like viruses, bacteria, and fungi. They are found in the neck, armpit, and groyne, as well as the chest, abdomen, and pelvis.

When the lymph glands are not performing, our immunity can become compromised making us more susceptible to colds, flus, and other diseases more easily.

What Are the Signs of a Sluggish System?

Sometimes for a variety of reasons, our lymphatic system can become clogged. Symptoms of this have been reported to include:

  • Low energy levels
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Weight gain
  • Bloating
  • Skin infections
  • Aching and heaviness in the body
  • Swelling and fluid retention
  • Candida overgrowth
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Sinus

You may even experience a return of symptoms related to the Epstein-Barr virus, herpes simplex, or varicella-zoster virus, which are typically suppressed by healthy lymphatic and immune systems.

Massage and Drainage as Solutions

Toxins can enter the body through different ways, often via foods, stress, chemicals and more.

While it’s not a cure all, lymphatic drainage and massage allows for the natural processes of the body to work more efficiently so our body becomes more effective at eliminating those waste products. It’s an unclogging mechanism and once that occurs, our body is able to function more effectively.

Give Your Body a Boost at Family Health Professionals Helensvale

Through enhancing the lymphatic system, you’re able to enhance the function of the immune system. If you are interested in learning more about how you can benefit from lymphatic drainage massage or related modalities like Chiropractic, Dr Luke Hennessy (Chiropractor) is happy to help. Contact us today to schedule a visit!


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