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Manual Lymphatic Drainage
The Lymphatic System is responsible for keeping our body’s tissues clean and healthy and for producing the cells that kill off bacteria, viruses & cancer cells in our body, - our immune system -
The lymphatic fluid that flows through our body to do this work is moved in three ways;
Without this movement, the fluid becomes stagnant and the tissue it permeates (fascia) becomes thicker and more uncomfortable, or dis-eased.
This fascial membrane is continuous throughout our bodies, and compression or congestion in one area affects the whole, causing aches, pains and swelling.
Exercise is vitally important in moving this fluid. When we exercise, our muscles move, our breathing rate increases, and the lymph fluid is pumped around all body parts – except the breast!
The increase in flow to the breast is minimal as the breast tissue has no muscle. It lies atop the pectoral muscle in the chest. Add to that the fact that most women constantly restrict this area with a bra and it is easy to understand why breasts become painful and problematic.
Manual manipulation is the only effective way to ensure fluid movement throughout the breast tissue.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage, performed before breast massage, ensures that the lymph fluid from the breast has a pathway in which to drain.