Lymphatic Drainage Therapy with Physiotherapy & Cranial sacral Therapy in Westmead
Lymphatic drainage therapy is a natural way to cleanse your body by boosting the lymphatic and immune systems, eliminating toxins. This method involves hands-on treatments, such as Physio Care and craniosacral therapy, which don’t focus on the lymphatic system directly but improve overall well-being, indirectly aiding the lymphatic and immune systems. Whether you have swollen lymph nodes, related symptoms, or seek to boost your lymphatic system, I can help with a combination of Physio Care and craniosacral therapy.
The lymphatic system is a component of the immune system. It helps remove waste, gathers harmful substances, and defends the body against viruses, illnesses, and other intruders. Collaborating with the immune system, the lymphatic system plays a role in returning a fluid called “lymph” to your bloodstream. Lymph contains extra fluid taken from cells and tissues, including nutrients, worn-out cells, fats, proteins, minerals, white blood cells, and unwanted guests like viruses and bacteria.
Your lymphatic system’s key functions include:
The lymphatic system maintains body fluid levels by collecting excess fluid and returning it to the bloodstream.
It absorbs fats from the digestive tract, transporting them back to the bloodstream.
The lymphatic system helps protect the body from toxins and invaders by producing white blood cells.
It also transports and removes waste and abnormal cells, which are eliminated through urine or bowel movements.
When the lymphatic system doesn’t work properly, fluid can accumulate in your tissues, leading to hidden inflammation. You’ll notice it when you experience visible swelling, pain, or dysfunction, which results from the buildup of toxins and waste. If this continues, it can hinder your body’s ability to remove waste and make you more vulnerable to diseases and infections.
Various factors can impact the lymphatic system, including conditions that may develop before birth or during childhood, or arise due to disease, environmental exposure, or trauma. Two primary lymphatic system disorders include:
Swollen or enlarged lymph nodes: This occurs when lymph nodes become larger due to inflammation, infection, or cancer. Inflammation happens when the body senses a threat, like an injury, allergies, toxins, or diseases.
Accumulation of fluid (Swelling): Blockage in the lymphatic system can lead to swelling, commonly observed in the arms or legs, often caused by surgery, radiation, or other factors. This swelling can range from mild to severe, affecting the affected area’s function and appearance.
How can you tell if your lymphatic system is imbalanced? Lymphedema is a common sign of lymphatic problems, and it often takes a significant inflammation for symptoms to appear.
Hands and feet pain
Swelling of lymph nodes in the throat, armpits, or groin
Muscle aches and pains
Sickness and disease
Puffiness around eyes
Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Lymphatic drainage therapy offers various benefits, including reducing swelling, aiding in sports injury recovery, helping with autoimmune disorders like chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, and improving skin conditions. It enhances the body’s healing processes by facilitating the removal of waste and toxins, which can alleviate symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders and skin issues.
Physiotherapy for Lymphatic Drainage
Physiotherapy involves moving and adjusting the body to support lymphatic drainage in three main ways.
Physiotherapy movements release trapped fluids, improving lymph fluid circulation, which boosts the immune system and detoxifies the body.
Physio Care corrects posture and spinal issues, helping lymph nodes near the spine work properly and prevent lymph accumulation.
Correcting musculoskeletal issues in the upper chest area aids the lymphatic system in removing toxins and supporting overall health.
Regular Physio Care benefits multiple body systems, aiding those with lymph node issues, immune fatigue, or chronic infections.
Cranial sacral Therapy for Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Cerebrospinal fluid, a clear liquid derived from blood, is produced in the brain’s central cavities and envelops the brain and spinal cord, kept in place by a membrane. As it is produced and absorbed, the membrane expands and contracts, causing a rhythmic pulsing called cranial rhythm. This rhythm is linked to the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, can be felt and measured in the body, and influences the movement of cranial bones.
Hands-on therapy can stimulate and restore this rhythm, enhancing lymphatic drainage and ensuring healthy fluid flow. The cranial rhythm typically cycles at 6 to 12 times per minute and is conveyed throughout the body by connective tissue. During treatment, I assess the cranial rhythm and address any restrictions disrupting cerebrospinal fluid flow and rhythm if necessary.
Cranial sacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on technique involving delicate finger pressure to harmonize cerebrospinal fluid circulation around the brain and spine. In contrast to Physio Care, it avoids forceful actions, allowing the body to naturally relax and release tension. This therapy employs gentle finger pressure to manipulate the membrane layer containing cerebrospinal fluid, enhancing its production, circulation, and reabsorption. The Dura Mater membrane plays a vital role in the movement of cranial bones, which can become restricted and compressed, impeding cerebrospinal fluid flow. Limited movement in certain areas of the body indicates a problem requiring intervention, as the body may not correct it on its own.
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