The lymphatic system is a network consisting of lymphatic vessels that are connected to lymph nodes with the primary function of transporting lymph, a colorless fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells throughout the body.
Everyone has over 500 lymph nodes in their body and they are the hub of our lymphatic system. These lymph nodes are located at different points within our lymphatic vessels, with the majority resting on our neck, armpits, stomach area and groin. Our lymphatic vessels are located just underneath the skin attached by small elastic fibers.
What are the effects of lymphatic drainage?
Lymphatic drainage is a critical function of the body. It is a therapy that supports our overall health and wellness. Lymphatic drainage helps to filter out waste products, dead cells, excess proteins and toxins.
If our main lymph nodes are properly stimulated, it has an overreaching effect on the whole lymphatic system and helps to increase lymph flow and drainage.
According to the Chikly Health Institute*, an organization devoted to education, research and therapeutic excellence, there are more than 100 benefits from lymphatic drainage, including:
How Does Lymphatic Drainage Occur?
Lymph flow is passive. Meaning, it’s not driven by a self-moving pump (our heart), but rather through direct motion. Lymph only flows in one direction – upward toward the neck. We do not experience lymphatic drainage when our body is passive, only when we are moving.
In order for the lymph system to work optimally, drainage occurs when there is an increased flow through the nodes. When there is an increased production of lymphocytes, the body has a better ability to fight infections, improving the immune system and speeding up recovery time.
Whole Body Vibration Enhances Lymphatic Drainage
Here at iSWEAT LODGE, a boutique wellness center in La Jolla, we incorporate Whole Body Vibration as a therapy session in order to optimize lymphatic drainage. Using our Whole Body Vibration machine, it helps to activate and stimulate lymphatic drainage, just by standing on the vibrational plate. Since lymphatic drainage depends on physical motion and movement to activate, the Whole Body Vibration allows for the contraction and relaxation of muscles which helps to move lymphatic flow.
By spending only 10-minutes during each session on the Whole Body Vibration platform, you will feel more relaxed and it helps by:
Improving circulation to the lymphatic system
Removing waste and toxins from the lymph nodes
Reducing the swelling of lymphedema (the abnormal collection of high-protein fluid sitting underneath the skin)
Improving range of motion
Decreasing pain from injuries or lower back pain, swollen joints, knees or hips
Since our lymph nodes play a huge role in response to our immune system, it is important that they experience drainage in the lympatic system. When lymph nodes become swollen (particularly in the neck, underarms or groin), that indicates an abundance of bacteria in the lymph fluid.lymphatic
Want to give Whole Body Vibration at iSWEAT LODGE a try? We now offer 30-minutes of WBV alone or combine it with 10-minutes of WBV and 50-minutes of Infrared Heat Body Wrap.
Learn more about WBV and the benefits of lymphatic drainage.
*Bruno Chikly, MD, DO. Silent Waves: Theory and Practice of Lymph Drainage Therapy, 2nd ed. (Scottsdale: I.H.H. Publishing, 2004).