Lymphatic drainage is a form of gentle stroking massage which stimulates lymphatic circulation. Lymph is a fluid that occupies the spaces between cells in our body. Everything that can be found there, e.g. dead cells, waste, pathogens from skin injuries, etc. are made harmless by the white blood corpuscles and removed by the lymphatic fluid. Very small vessels (lymph capillaries) absorb the lymph and transport it to the lymph nodes (this is when the lymph nodes can often swell up following injuries). From the lymph nodes the lymph is transported in larger vessels until it is returned to the blood near the clavicle. Manual lymphatic drainage is applied where the lymphatic fluid accumulates. Gentle pressure and circular movements stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid and accumulated fluid is drained away.

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