by Cory Carter CND, NMT, MT and Randy McCormick NPA
What makes lymph and edema so tricky? The body is trying to protect itself by making all that lymph. Do we really want to shut that off?
Faithful readers will recall that lymph ends up in the extremities so that the vital organs in the thorax and abdomen have less stress. Try this: Make one hand into a fist. Tightly wrap your other hand over the top of it. Now, try to open the fist. It is difficult to do so.
The main lymphatic drain for the chest cavity is the thoracic duct. This is a tube, smaller than your little finger, that follows close to your spine. It is found underneath your sternum, or breast bone. This means that manual massage therapy alone is not able to reach it unless you allow someone to massage inside your chest cavity. (Ouch!)
Fluid pressure is not constant, as far as the lymphatic system is concerned. Just because you push on it ‘here’ doesn’t mean that it is going to do anything significant ‘there’. The weaker blockages in the system will have the potential to blow clean, but the more entrenched blockages will not.
The body wants to wash away what is bothering it but can’t. So, it performs Option #2: Make much more fluid than usual to try to dilute it or wash it out.
How about toxins and lymphatic issues? Part IV will address toxins.
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Sources: Dr Cory Carter has been in private practice for 20 years, specializing in Lymphatic Drainage. Randy McCormick is a Certified Instructor in the Carter Technique of Lymphatic Drainage.