Lymphatic drainage massage
Inflammatory processes (both independent diseases and symptoms) in the modern world are more and more common. This topic has become the subject of many studies, as scientists are constantly finding new connections between various diseases and inflammation. Among these diseases are the ones we encounter every day: for example, simple injuries, tissue damage or musculoskeletal pain, and others, for example, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
Inflammation is a natural reaction of an organism to a threat, an attempt to protect itself and recover, to get rid of certain irritants of microorganisms or pathogens. However, in the long run, inflammation can lead to tissue damage, which, in turn, leads to the development of special molecules that re-launch inflammatory processes. Such a vicious circle can ultimately cause a disruption in the functioning of a variety of tissues and organs, especially if the functioning of the lymphatic system is disrupted. 1, 2, 3
For us, as for people who care about their customers, the question is: how to keep the inflammation below the level at which it begins to harm the tissues and support itself? I believe that the answer lies in working with the lymphatic system – the natural mechanism of our body, whose main task is to regulate the volume of fluid in the tissues, their regeneration, filtering toxins and other foreign substances, as well as maintaining immunity.
What is inflammation?
Let’s look at the pathophysiology of inflammation, because when working with a client you need to know what type of inflammation you are dealing with. Not all inflammatory processes develop and proceed in the same way, and not all techniques and techniques are equally good as a means of therapy.
Inflammation is a complex non-linear process that includes a cascade of various reactions that are regulated by mast cells, macrophages, neutrophils, T and B lymphocytes, as well as some molecules, for example, cytokines and free radicals. 4
The word “inflammation” in the English language, inflammation, comes from the Latin verb inflammo, the meaning of which is to light, set fire. Typical symptoms of the inflammatory process include local redness of the skin, fever, swelling, pain and impaired functionality of the affected tissues. Not all of these symptoms manifest themselves with each type of inflammation, usually such an extensive complex indicates either a very acute inflammation, or that its focus is close to the surface of the skin.
In 1993, researchers discovered a special type of long-lasting unregulated inflammatory response, which was later called “metaflammation” 5 This kind of inflammatory process differs from others in a number of aspects.
Meta-inflammation is not as pronounced as other varieties, and causes a slight increase in the markers of cells of the immune system (an increase of four to six times, compared with an increase of several hundred times). An inflammatory process of this kind lasts longer than usual and causes chronic rather than acute allostasis. Such inflammation does not go away on its own, it supports itself and, among other things, it is usually accompanied by a decrease in metabolic rate. 6
Studies have shown that chronic inflammatory processes are associated with the pathophysiology of a wide variety of acute and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. In addition, inflammatory processes of this kind as a whole seriously affect the mortality rate. 7, 8, 9
Chronic inflammatory processes are the cause (or consequence) of many complaints of our clients – local tissue trauma, fascial or musculoskeletal pain, non-healing injuries, rheumatological diseases, asthma, allergies and autoimmune diseases. 10
The chronic inflammatory process can last from several months to several years and can seriously affect the health and well-being of your client. It is necessary to constantly struggle with such reactions of the body. One of the most effective and direct manual approaches to working with chronic tissue inflammation is lymphatic drainage massage.
The role of lymphatic drainage massage
So, how does lymphatic drainage massage help fight inflammation? According to studies, in acute and chronic inflammatory processes, enlargement or expansion of the lymphatic vessels is usually observed. eleven
In the initial phase of the acute inflammatory process, vasodilation (expansion) of blood vessels and subsequent outflow of fluid into the interstitial (intercellular) space occurs. The effective operation of the lymphatic vessels limits acute inflammation, providing an outflow of excess fluid from the skin – thus the body fights with the formation of edema. And massage can help in this lymphatic system.