Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Background – The Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is a complicated network of vessels, ducts, and nodes that moves fluid between the cells and tissues, and produces and distributes the infection fighting and scavenging cells of the body. It feeds literally every tissue and organ. Though less well known than the blood circulation, it is truly another circulatory system that complements and feeds the blood. It is the TRANSPORTATION highway for the immune and repair functions of the body! When functioning properly it effectively cleanses the tissues, aids in cellular repair, and eliminates toxins. We call it “the information highway” of the immune system, creating vitality, beauty, and preventing illness.
As a circulatory system, optimal flow must be maintained within the lymphatic system. Unlike the blood, whose circulation is driven by the pumping of the heart, the lymph does not have its own pump. It is propelled by three means: the movement of muscles, the nerves which create subtle pulsations, and the fluid pressure within the system. Lymph fluid is cleansed by the liver, kidneys, and heart. It eliminates its toxic load through the elimination channels of the body – urine, bowel, skin, and lungs.
If conditions lead to sluggish lymph flow, fluid can concentrate in specific areas (edema), or impaired function along the entire lymph system can result (congestion). When this state of congestion is long lasting, blockages can form and cause a backup in the flow of lymphatic fluid. Consequently, toxic cellular waste cannot effectively be released from the body as a whole or from specific areas such as injury sites. Thus, the immune system may not function at its optimum. Other consequences of congestion are weight gain, diminished appearance and premature aging, such as skin breakouts, facial edema, dark circles, dry, wrinkled or sallow looking skin, spider veins, and cellulite.
What are the causes of lymphatic congestion? They include poor lifestyle such as inactivity and improper diet, infections, injuries and surgery (scar tissue and adhesions), emotional stress states, environmental toxins, hormone imbalance, and the normal aging processes. It becomes evident how poor lymphatic drainage can contribute to a wide range of dysfunction and lack of vitality. What can be done to remedy the situation?
The Treatment Of Lymphatic Problems
A therapeutic technique known as manual lymph drainage (MLD)* was developed in Europe over a decade ago. Through delicate and very specific massaging techniques it proved effective at reducing lymph-based disorders. It appeared to maximize cellular repair functions by amplifying the detoxification process within the tissue fed by the lymph. However, this manual therapy is tedious to perform, time intensive, and requires extensive training and experience to administer correctly. Researchers in the health field have discovered a tool that can assist and amplify the effects of manual lymph drainage, reducing the time and complexity of the therapy. The tool is an electronic massage device called the Lymphstar Pro® Lymphatic Therapy Instrument.
Lymphatic therapists who tried the Lymphstar Pro® immediately noted that it could be up to eight times faster at relieving edema and congestion than MLD alone! It is now available to health professionals and to home users who are trained in its use by therapists. This exceptional instrument and corresponding de-congestive therapy technique have been tested successfully in massage therapy, as well as by physical therapists, lymphatic therapists, and others. Spas and estheticians are discovering the powerful effects of lymphatic therapy for enhancing relaxation, detoxification, cellulite therapy, and facial work. Training seminars and videos are available for the various applications among holistic health professionals.
* MLD is an approved therapy in the U.S.A. for lymphedema & covered by insurance and Medicare.
Technical Information & Mechanisms Of Action
The Lymphstar Pro® is a therapeutic, vibrational, massage instrument with a unique combination of energetic modalities. They are: 1) physical vibration with sonic, or acoustic, waves, 2) an electro-static field; and 3) electro-pressure created by the use of multiple treatment points. All of these emissions are extremely low in energy so they are gentle and safe. Subtle energies like these may be called “vibrational energy,” as they are at a level more perceptible to the energy system, or bio-field, than more aggressive modalities used to treat the body. However, by their very nature, the lymphatic vessels tune into and respond beautifully to this kind of energy! (continued below)
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First, the pulsating sounds that are heard coming out of the control unit and from the therapy heads are the sonic, or acoustic, waves. The therapy heads of the Lymphstar Pro® deliver these vibrations through the surface of the Pyrex glass emitters within the heads. This acoustic wave-front delivers thousands of micro-pulsations into the skin, and creates a gentle, pulsing pressure. It is specifically engineered to replicate the type of motion used in manual lymph drainage, but with an extremely rapid sequence of pulses that cannot be done by hand! If you place a therapy head on your cheek, the pulses are especially easy to feel. By their very nature, your lymphatic vessels perceive it even more! And you can tune the pulses to vary in intensity with our exclusive, digital, pulse-rate control feature for different applications. The slower the rate of the pulses, the less intense the treatment.
Second, vibrational, or energy is further transmitted through a mild electro-static energy field that impinges on the skin of the user, and is transmitted through the glass tube as well. This allows dilation of the vessels via the sympathetic nerves to establish a current flow, from arteriole, to plasma fluid, to lymph vessel. The use of noble gas-filled tubes for this purpose is a safe and time-tested technology, long being used for its dermatological effects in cosmetic devices.** We are applying this electro-static energy in a new manner with the Lymphstar Pro®, by combining it with acoustic vibrations!
And, the third dimension of the Lymphstar's technology is achieved by using multiple treatment points and our pulse-rate controller. By placing two treatment heads at different locations on the body, you generate a "field effect" over the entire area between the heads. We call this effect electro-pressure. With thousands of micro-pulsations vibrating at two locations at the same time, the response is to elicit a wider stimulation of flow within the lymphatics! And, you can vary this pressure by changing the pulse-rate and/or the intensity dial. Thus, this innovative technology provides lymph stimulation as a stand-alone therapy. Or it may be combined with manual massage techniques for a new, highly effective modality.
** Noble/rare gases are all present in the atmosphere. They are isolated and used in many applications from neon lights and flashlight bulbs to skin treatment devices. Electricity is used to "excite" the gases within a vacuum, similar to a neon light bulb. The Lymphstar utilizes the gases Xenon, Argon, and Krypton in a proprietary combination within a Pyrex glass tube.
The Lymphstar - How It's Used
The Lymphstar is applied by placing the transmission therapy heads on the skin of the client. The placement sequences, timing, and applications are covered in the product manual and videos. Use of the instrument on the body is followed by lymphatic massage. Or it may be used apart from the massage as a stand-alone therapy for non-bodyworkers. Lymphatic Decongestive Therapy may be helpful for various health challenges as part of a holistic approach to health restoration or maintenance. It is compatible and synergistic with all forms of naturopathic medicine (herbs, nutrition, supplements, colon hydrotherapy), bodywork and structural therapies, bio-energy medicine techniques (homeopathy, polarity, vibrational remedies, electro-dermal, etc.), and under the advice of a physician, medical care. Persons with serious health conditions are encouraged to seek the advice of their personal healthcare practitioner before having lymphatic therapy. There are contra-indications for it. Please consult your distributor for more information on recommendations.
What The Client Feels
When you apply the Lymphstar, the client experiences a relaxing state of being. The relaxation lasts for a short time following therapy, followed by an energized feeling. The process of moving toxins out can create some symptoms in the hours following therapy as the lymph flow is increased. These soon subside, with positive effects soon realized over a number of sessions. Sessions are usually 2-4 times a week, from 15 minutes to one hour long. Our seminar providers teach therapy protocols for the many possible uses.
Our research therapists report an enthusiastic clientele, with word-of-mouth bringing them more satisfied customers regularly. This therapy is truly a practice-builder, providing you with the satisfaction of helping your clients in many ways to look and feel better! Therapists benefit too. The ease of performing this therapy is soon apparent, as compared to deep massage and Manual Lymph Drainage alone. And, finally, there is a business opportunity available for those who wish to become a distributor for the product. Please call your distributor, or the company, for more information on the business opportunity.
Benefits of Lymphatic Decongestive Therapy
- Used adjunctively to manual lymph drainage techniques, it improves lymphatic fluid flow and accelerates detoxification of tissues.
- May improve edema, fibrotic conditions, swollen lymph nodes, and healing of injuries and burns. Some conditions reported to have benefited from lymphatic therapy include breast lumps, inflammation due to muscular trauma, lymphedema, chronic pain, allergy & sinus symptoms, headaches, hormone imbalance and female conditions, digestive and bowel problems, post dental procedures, fibromyalgia, toxicity, and fatigue syndromes.
- Sports Medicine for injury rehabilitation & injuries in general. When using phototherapy devices such as a low-level laser and/or LED light technology, results are optimized when followed by lymphatic therapy. Use before and after athletics to increase performance and decrease muscle and tendon strain.
- Stress Relief: Provides a feeling of relaxation, emotional balance, well-being and increased energy.
- Esthetics: Cosmetic enhancement by the reduction of fluid deposits in the face, healthier skin, supporting all cellulite reduction therapies, & post-procedures such as micro-dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, plastic surgery, etc. Lymphatic therapy can minimize scars and the formation of new scar tissue.
- Obesity has been helped with improved lymphatic flow. When congestion is relieved, diet and exercise programs are far more effective.
- Veterinary applications in the same conditions as humans. In equines, used for the reduction of post performance stress/strain and healing of injury.
- Lymphatic therapy may be useful for health conscious individuals and athletes for its benefits to the immune system in prevention, anti-aging regimens, greater vitality, performance, by assisting in detoxification regimens.
Practitioners offering therapy with the Lymphstar include naturopaths, bodyworkers, colon hydro-therapists, spas and estheticians, veterinarians, and lymphatic therapists. The Lymphstar is also available to home users. Many health-conscious individuals and those with chronic problems enjoy giving themselves lymphatic therapy in the comfort and convenience of their own home. Talk to your distributor about acquiring the Lymphstar for your personal use!
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