Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT)
- Optimize the functioning of your lymphatic system
- Improve immune response by increasing production of lymphocytes
- Assist in tissue detoxification
- Facilitate removal of stagnant waste surrounding cells to improve cell function
- Decrease inflammation thereby decreasing pain and swelling
- Promote tissue regeneration
- Promotes more efficient metabolism of fat
- Stimulates the parasympathetic autonomic nervous system: helpful in dealing with depression, anxiety and sleep disorders
- Fibrotic conditions
- Post exercise lactic acid build-up
- Swelling from sprain/strain injuries
- Edema from chronic or sub-acute conditions
Lymph Drainage Therapy is a very gentle, non-invasive therapy that helps optimize the functioning of the lymphatic system. It is not massage. A typical massage temporarily collapses the superficial lymphatic pathways. Symptoms of a congested, sluggish lymphatic system are inflammatory processes, unusual fatigue, edema, high susceptibility to viral and bacterial infection, lack of vitality, and inability to loose weight. Cells can not function efficiently when bathed in a toxic sludge. A stagnant lymphatic system provides a breeding ground for pathogenic material.
The importance of a properly functioning lymphatic system cannot be overstated, as it is critical in preventing sickness and keeping us healthy. A balanced immune system is directly related to how well the lymphatic system is functioning, It is very easy for the lymphatic system to become stagnant because of poor dietary habits, insufficient water intake, lack of exercise, surgery (creating scar tissue), the massive amounts of toxins in our food, air, medications, water and anything we put on our skin. Compared to 100 years ago a highly functioning lymphatic system is more critical than ever. With Inflammation being one of the main factors contributing to disease anything that helps the body get rid of inflammation is vital.
- I do not have the advanced training to treat lymphedema
- Acute infections such as sinusitis, bacterial infections
- Previous tuberculosis
- Previous toxoplasmosis
- Serious circulatory problems: thrombosis, venous obstructions
- Major cardiac problems: LDT may increase cardiac load
- Malignant ailments
- Poisonous spider bite
- Removed spleen
- Major renal insufficiency
- During menstruation
- Hyper or hypothyroidism
- Carotid stenosis (often present in the elderly)
- Acute asthma and allergies
- Fresh scars, eczema, moles
- Chronic infection
- Orthostatic hypotension
- Please be aware that certain drugs may circulate or be metabolized faster
About the Light Beam Generator (LBG)
The LBG is a bio-electromagnetic based device. It uses cold gas, coherent, photonic energy powered by direct current pulses of energy with FM modulation. It was first manufactured in 1989 and has had several upgrades as new technology has become available. It is FDA registered and does not require a prescription to purchase.
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Because the LBG assists in lymphatic detoxification it is important to ensure that the pathways of elimination are open and functioning properly. It is recommended that you be under the care of a holistic healthcare provider who can recommend remedies (such as Soluna detoxification remedies) to help keep your pathways of elimination functioning optimally.
I use the Light Beam Generator in most of my lymph drainage treatments and occasionally will also use manual lymph drainage therapy. I prefer using the LBG to manual LDT because it is foolproof and is much more efficient than manual LDT alone. The LBG has protocols for different areas of the body such as the breast, abdomen, leg, etc., along with a general body detoxification protocol.
Sufficient water intake makes the treatment more effective and can reduce symptoms of a healing reaction. Essential oils are used in conjunction with the LBG that are specifically to affect the lymphatic system.
Contraindications Specific to the LBG
- Clients with pacemakers
- Clients taking blood-thinning medications
- Acute asthma
Manual Lymph Drainage Therapy of the Face and Neck
- Esthetic benefits: regenerates skin tissue, decrease puffiness, diminish fine lines
- For pre and post surgical procedures
- Head congestion
- Rhinitis, chronic sinusitis
- Nose fractures
- Chronic otitis
- After oral surgery, tooth extraction
- Helpful in stimulating superficial circulation since the drainage of the skin is not directly affected by exercise
Please let me know if you have had any surgery on your face or neck (including cosmetic surgery). Surgeries change the lay-out of the lymphatic pathways and I may not be able to follow the whole protocol.
In order to do LDT properly on the face and neck I need you to wear a light moisturizer, no heavy moisturizer or make-up. Proper hydration is very important to how successful the treatment will be.
Proper Dry Skin Brushing Sequence & Technique
There is a lot of erroneous information out there on the web as to how to do dry skin brushing. I can show you the proper sequence and technique. There is a right way and a wrong way.
About the Lymphatic System
The amount of water in the human body averages about 60% of total body weight. The average adult weighing 154 lbs. has about 10 and 1/2 gallons of water in their body.
That water is divided into 2 categories:
1) the intracellular compartment: about 66% of that water is inside the cells.
2) the extracellular compartment: about 33% of that water is outside the cells in blood, lymph and interstitial fluid.
The lymphatic system belongs to the circulatory apparatus, which provides one way for the blood to leave the heart - the arterial system, and two ways for it to return - the venous and lymphatic pathways. It parallels the venous system. Contrary to the blood circulation, the lymphatic circulation is one way, has a low velocity, low pressure, and a slow rhythm.
Fluid from blood vessel capillaries diffuses into the interstitial fluid. The interstitial fluid is very important because it is the fluid in which the cells are immersed, receive nutrition and release damaging by-products into. The lymphatic system drains this interstitial fluid of harmful waste products, first entering the lymphatic capillaries (walls of which are one cell thick) where it is then called lymph. This lymph is then transported to increasingly larger vessels, moving from pre-collectors to collectors, to ducts then to trunks, eventually dumping back into the venous circulation just under the collarbone. It is the lymph collectors that are the main transporting vessels of the lymphatic system. These collectors have valves and muscular units, lymphangions, which carry the lymph to the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes are filtration and purification stations, and destroy or disable microbes and produce lymphocytes. When the flow of lymph through the nodes increases - as through LDT - lymphocyte production increases.
The lymphatic system consists of 3 main elements:
1) The lymph vessels: lymph capillaries, pre-collectors, collectors, trunks and ducts
2) The lymph nodes (which also form part of the secondary lymphoid organ system)
3) lymph fluid
The lymphoid organs consist of the various tissues and organs linked to the immune system which produce and/or store large numbers of lymphocytes and related cells. There are primary and secondary lymphoid organs. The primary lymphoid organs, the bone marrow and the thymus, are the sites for lymphocyte production and maturation. The secondary lymphoid organs store lymphocytes and destroy or disable antigens. They are lymph nodes, spleen, and M.A.L.T. (Mucosa-Associated Lymphoid Tissue): Peyer's patches (in the submucosa of the distal ileum), tonsils, appendix, and other locations throughout the body.
The lymphatic circulation is separated into two categories:
1) The superficial: just under the dermo-epidermic junction and is not directly stimulated by exercise.
2) The deep: in the muscles and the organs, which is stimulated by muscle contraction.
The lymphangions, on the collectors, contract at 5-8 per minute, which may be higher during exercise. These rhythmic peristaltic waves of contractions are central to the lymph circulation. When stimulated these lymphangions can increase the flow through the lymphatic system by 20-30 times.
Factors that increase lymphatic flow: Deep breathing increases flow into the thoracic duct; skeletal muscles contractions; peristalsis of visceral smooth muscles; contractions of adjacent arteries; active or passive motion of the limbs; external compression as in LDT, pressure of water during swimming, or the external counter-pressure exerted by bandages. During exercise drainage of the deep lymphatic circulation increases by 5-15 times.