By: Dr. Leila Doolittle, DC
The lymphatic system is a network of tiny, thin vessels in tissues and organs that help to rid the body of environmental toxins, biotoxins such as mold mycotoxins, waste, and excess fluid while transporting infection-fighting white blood cells throughout the body to the places that need them. The lymph nodes are way stations in the lymph system network of vessels, where white blood cells reside. The nodes can become inflamed and swollen from toxins or infections if the lymph vessels aren’t draining.
With any chronic inflammatory illness related to toxins, it’s imperative to keep the lymphatic system draining all of our organs, as well as the connective tissue in our limbs. The brain has a specialized lymph system, called the “glymphatic” system that utilizes glial cells to help drain toxins from brain tissue, especially important during sleep.
The lymphatic system does not have a pumping action like the heart, which mechanically pumps blood through the circulatory system. Since the lymph system is constantly fighting gravity, it can become sluggish and clogged, leading to fluid in the tissues- called edema.
Many people spend the majority of their day sitting and this can have a big impact on the lymph flow. Poor diet and overexposure to environmental toxins can overload the lymphatic system. In addition, lack of sleep, dehydration, stress, physical and emotional traumas, biotoxins and mycotoxins, infections, and lack of movement and exercise can stagnate and sometimes stop the lymph flow.
This leads to lymphedema as the lymph nodes and lymph channels become more clogged. If toxins are unable to be eliminated from the body, cells can’t function properly, resulting in dysfunction and disease. The compromise of the lymphatic system leads to immune system compromise. Inflammation can occur when chronic lymphatic congestion occurs.
Symptoms of Sluggish Lymphatic System
How do you know if your lymphatic system is blocked?
- Swelling in your fingers (rings fitting more tightly)
- Feeling sore or stiff when you wake in the morning
- Cold hands and feet
- Brain fog
- Chronic fatigue
- Excess weight
- Food sensitivities
- Digestive issues
- Sleep issues
- Sinus infections
- Increased colds and flu
- Weakened immunity
- Enlarged lymph nodes
Treatment Options for Mobilizing Lymphatics
Modalities you can use at home to stimulate lymphatics to include:
- Dry skin brushing
- Loofah sponge
- Hot Epsom salt baths
A clean diet, movement, adequate sleep, and stress management are important components of maintaining good lymphatic flow but are typically not enough to help due to the number of environmental toxins the body takes in.
At Carpathia Collaborative, we have developed a Lymphatic Circuit that uses a series of therapies with synergistic effects to help restore optimal functioning to the lymphatic system.
We use this modality with many of our clients doing IV therapies including ozone, PK protocol, glutathione, and High dose Vitamin C, to help clear mobilized toxins and prevent them from recirculating.
Patients report that they feel an increase in energy, decrease in brain fog and mood, they get more restful sleep, better and more consistent bowel movements, and they feel less stiffness in their muscles and joints. They also report that they have less fluid retention, a reduction or elimination of cellulite, reduced varicose veins, and strengthening or tightening of loose skin.
The Components of Carpathia’s Lymphatic circuit include:
- Oscillating Vibrating Plate: to release toxins from the muscle, ligament, and fascial systems and to stimulate the proprioceptive receptor communication to the cerebellum to help to balance the immune system and the coordination center of the brain.
- Chi Machine: Helps to lateral shake the fascia to release toxins and to stimulate the posterior lymphatic pathways and to stimulate the chi energy within the body to promote multi-systemic an intrinsic cellular regeneration.
- Manual Percussion: A therapist performs percussion lymphatic release massage to the entire body, targeting the areas of lymph node clusters and moving the lymph toward the thymus where it can be properly processed and toxic material can be then taken to be filtered and excreted from the body.
- Infrared Lights: Throughout this entire process, near, mid, and infrared laser light is shining on the patient to help promote weight loss, edema and water retention release, fine line and wrinkle minimization, and to promote cellular healing throughout all tissue types.
- BEMER mat: Creates an electromagnetic field with various waveforms and frequencies to stimulate healthy muscles in order to improve and facilitate muscle performance and to increase local blood circulation in healthy leg muscles. Reduces pain and fatigue with short-term use and reduces pain and dysfunction associated with chronic ailments such as osteoarthritis with long-term use.
- Ionic foot bath: The patient will have a strategic type of electromagnetic frequency stimulation that will help to polarize toxins so that they can be more effectively excreted from the body through sweat, urination, or defecation.
Deep Ultrasound Cavitation/ Cryotherapy: Add-ons such as cavitation ultrasound therapy or cryotherapy can help to specifically target adipose cells to help release the oils within and to help encourage more strategic weight loss.
RF Skin-Tightening Machine: Other frequencies can be used to help with tightening and strengthening skin to prevent loose skin after weight loss or pregnancy and to help with cellulite.
One of our trained Medical Assistants will assist you throughout the 60-minute-long process.
Call 469-729-6461 to schedule your Lymphatic drainage circuit today!