It is the second in command of the circulatory system. It consists of a number of organs and (lymphatics) tubular system each with distinct structures and functions.
In the lymphatic organs are formed cells called lymphocytes that play a fundamental role in the defensive mechanisms of our body.
The general function of the lymphatic system is leak the tissue fluid (tissue) and return it to the bloodstream.
There is no pumping mechanism, so the movement of lymph is slow and depends on the contraction of skeletal muscles, Peristaltic contractions and the Pulsations of the nearby arteries.
Manual lymphatic drainage (DLM) was born, then, as a slow pumping technique to push lymph (fluid from the lymphatic system) and thus help movements, (always’s thrust, slow and long fur) to flow through the lymph vessels.
Thus, the DLM works with “lymphatic load”, i.e. the elements containing lymph: liquid mass, protein, fats (from intestinal lymphatic circulation), dead cells, cells present in the blood stream, etc.
Main effects of DLM
- Draining: as its name suggests. It influences the pressure in the lymphatic tissue to collect lymphatic capillary load. In turn there is a blood capillary vasoconstriction thus there is less infiltration into the tissue.
- Sedative: with drainage manipulations act on the parasympathetic nervous system, which is what allows us to rest. Thus enhancing relaxation and inhibiting painful stimuli.
- Defense: acts on the immune system.
- Muscle relaxation: muscle tone balance, throughout the skeletal musculature in general. Restores intestinal motility.
Number of sessions
The pattern of treatment in terms of the frequency and the length of time will depend on the type of “disorder” to treat.
Start seeing results requires a minimum of 5 sessions, once a week. For a treatment with DLM after liposuction, 2 or 3 sessions per week.
In cases of DLM application before an intervention (to prepare the body) and then (to help restore it), 2 sessions per week would be recommended.
It is especially indicated for edemas. This swelling usually appears visible and palpable in a part of the tired body due to an accumulation of fluid in the interstitial space (between the cells).
When edema occurs in our body, affected tissues or cells do not receive good nutrients or eliminate waste that produce properly. Offering a State of stalemate of the connective tissue, for example, in the legs.
Always keeping in mind that there are different types of edema, and not all can be treated with DLM.
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