LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE – DRY SKIN BRUSHING & REBOUNDING

Did you know that the benefits of lymphatic drainage help to keep the immune system strong and to speedily move pathogens and toxins out of your body? The Lymphatic system does not move on its own – it only moves through exercise and movement.

There are 500-600 lymph nodes in the body – in the neck, chest, arms, abdomen, groin and legs. The Lymphatic system is composed of a clear fluid of red and white blood cells. After circulating through the cells and tissue, the fluid travels through lymphatic capillaries into the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes reenergise the lymph fluid with new white blood cells before sending the fluid back to repeat the process. The lymph nodes filter out the waste so that it can leave the body for good through the liver, kidneys, colon and the skin.

Dry Skin Brushing

Brushing your skin with a dry stiff bristle brush before taking a shower or a bath is a fantastic way to move the lymph fluid to aid in lymphatic
drainage.

Start at the feet and move upwards in circular motions. You always want to move towards the heart. Move upwards towards the chest and move downwards from the neck to the chest.

Try to go over the same area a few times, so work the motions slowly. It is worth paying particular attention to behind the knees, inner thighs and under the arms.

Rebounding

The motion of bouncing on a mini trampoline helps to increase the circulation of the lymph fluid through the nodes which results in more efficient waste removal.

Try jumping or marching on a trampoline for approximately 10mins a day for a fun way to increase lymphatic drainage. Happy jumping!

There are more ideas in the Lymphatic module of our recovery programme – see the Self Guided pages on www.ntahealth.co.uk to find our more

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