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Lymphatic Drainage 101

You have probably heard or read about lymphatic drainage at some point but what exactly is it? In short, lymphatic drainage is a therapeutic massage treatment. The primary role of the lymphatic system is to circulate important bodily fluid and defend the body against illness-causing germs, bacteria, viruses and fungi. During a treatment, light pressure is applied and long massage strokes are used to help increase the lymph flow and eliminate (drain) toxins that are in the body.

It is important to maintain a healthy lymphatic system to help prevent illness and keep the body running smoothly. Aside from getting regular lymphatic massages, here are some tips that you can implement into your daily routine to encourage a healthy system:

  • ·Hydrate. Keeping your body hydrated with H2O has numerous benefits. Keep a refillable water bottle with you at all times and remember to sip!

  • ·Zen. Stress management is key for a healthy body and mind. Practice techniques such as yoga or mindfulness.

  • Sweat. Cardio and strength training can help everything from stress to osteoporosis. If you’re short on time, try going for short, brisk walks.

  • Eat. A healthy diet, that is! Make sure your diet has a full range of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Set up an appointment with one of our skilled dietitians to help create a unique meal plan!

If you are considering a fat loss treatment, such as Cryoskin, a lymphatic drainage complements the procedure and is often recommended. Cryoskin treatments break the fat cells in the body, which are then released into the lymphatic system, so your body can greatly benefit from a bit of TLC to release the toxins. At Colorado Integrative Healthcare, we provide vibration therapy for lymphatic drainage at no extra cost when you book a Cryoskin session or package with us!

A lymphatic massage is gentle and can be very relaxing but, just like with any treatment, precautions must be taken and the treatment is not for everyone! Always consult with your physician before starting a new treatment. Conditions to look out for:

  • Congestive heart failure.

  • If you have or think you have lymphedema (an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery).

  • An increased risk for blood clotting.

  • If you experience any pain during the treatment, please stop immediately and speak with your physician to diagnose the issue.

Your body is a complex and amazing machine and we are here to help you keep it running smoothly. Contact us at if you have any questions or would like information on any of our procedures!


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