The lymphatic system
The lymphatic system is a highly underrated system. The lymph system is the body’s natural cleansing mechanism, ridding our cells of toxic fluids. Without a functional lymphatic system, the body swells and aches, and we feel sluggish and even sick. Lymphatic drainage massage can help the lymphatic system flush these fluids, and jump-start the cleansing process when the body has built up too much swelling, which is particularly crucial during recovery of surgery. Besides compression garments, and taking B6, Azurite is a big fan of our clients undergoing a regular massage, during their recovery to assist with the dreaded swelling. Massage is easy and cost-effective to achieve in beautiful Thailand, where there is an abundance of masseuses.
Why Is Lymphatic Drainage Massage Important?
A working lymphatic system is essential to the body’s ability to regenerate tissues, drain fluids, filter out foreign substances and toxins, detoxify, and maintain a healthy immune system. The system is complex and made up mostly of nodes and lymph vessels working together to achieve these aims. The lymph itself carries fatty acids, hormone cells, immune cells, proteins, and toxins to be processed by the lymph nodes. When the body is under stress, fatigued, experiencing infections, fighting a disease process, or—in certain cases—recovering from surgery, the process may be slowed down.
Lymphatic draining massage benefits include enhanced quality of skin, particularly on the face. Skin looks more youthful and alive when its cells are bathed in fluid, as when the lymph is flowing. That puffiness you might experience beneath your eyes after a hard night or a long cry? Massage can greatly reduce this.
Signs of a congested lymphatic system
Some of the signs that lymph fluid is not moving effectively and that toxins may be building up in your body are:
- Swollen glands
- Puffiness in eyes or face
- Swelling in the fingers (tight rings) or ankles
- Bloating or holding on to water
- Sinus infections
- Skin issues, such as dry or itchy skin
- Soreness or stiffness upon waking
- Weight gain and extra belly fat
- Breast swelling or tenderness
- A sense of fogginess in the brain
- Worsened allergies
- Food sensitivities
- Increased colds or flu
Lymphatic Drainage Massage After Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic surgeries all produce swelling to some extent because it is part of the body’s normal healing process. Some cosmetic surgeries, such as liposuction procedures and tummy tucks, disrupt the natural pathways taken by the lymphatic system because of the location of the operation. Other regions of the body, such as the nose after rhinoplasty, produce swelling that can last for a long time—even up to one year. Other cosmetic procedures that impact the face can also produce months of swelling. However, because of the extensive areas of disruption, tummy tucks and liposuction procedures are usually the cosmetic surgeries with the most significant amount of lymphatic swelling.
When the lymph drifts out into surrounding tissue after a surgical procedure disrupts the normal lymphatic pathways, swelling is the result, but there are ways to combat this problem.
Post-Surgery Garments to Assist Lymph Removal Massage
Compression garments also help the entire process. They prevent the buildup of too many toxin-carrying fluids in any one area of the body and help the body keep excess fluids from sticking around where they don’t belong. They also make lymphatic drainage massage more effective, keeping the body more receptive and ready for the process.
If you have questions about lymphatic drainage massage after our surgery packages, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Overall, lymphatic drainage massage is helpful in the prevention of excessive swelling and pain, which will make your overall healing from surgery much faster and more comfortable.