Lymphatic Drainage Massage
If you are having trouble with your sinuses, this simple five minute technique can help stop the problems before they start!
Today I wanted to talk with everyone about how to do a lymphatic drainage massage. About 75% of my patients will come to me at some point about troubles with their sinuses. Some of these issues include:
Fluid In the ears
Doing this simple lymphatic drainage massage can help alleviate these issues and even stop them before they start!
First, let's talk about what the Lymphatic System is. According to The Cleveland Clinic:
"The lymphatic system is a network of tissues, vessels and organs that work together move a colorless, watery fluid called lymph back into your circulatory system (your bloodstream)."
This system helps to maintain fluid levels in the body, absorbs fats from the digestive tract, protects your body from foreign invaders, and transports and removes waste products and abnormal cells from the lymph.
All of your cells are being bathed all the time by this clear liquid to help drain impurities out of parts of the body. From your head to your toes, the flow of the lymphatic system brings everything into the central trunk area of the body where the kidneys and the liver can filter out any of the impurities before sending everything back into the bloodstream.
Helping that system clear out and flow better is what the lymphatic drainage massage was designed to do.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage Steps
Step One: Gently tap on your chest behind the collar bones for about 15 seconds.
Step Two: Gently rub your hands slowly from the center of your forehead to the sides of your head about 6-8 times.
Step Three: Run your hands from each side of the center of your nose to the side of your face along your cheekbones about 6-8 times.
Step Four: Use the sides of your hands to glide from the sides of the head down to the jawbone about 6-8 times.
Step Five: Gently rub your fingertips down behind the ears about 6-8 times.
Step Six: Use the flat of your hand and run down the sides of your neck beginning at just beneath the jaw line about 6-9 times.
Step Seven: Tap behind those collarbones again!
Most people will begin to feel a little drainage immediately. Make sure to do this technique at the first sign of a problem, such as:
Feeling a slight tickle in the back of your throat
Feel your eyes starting to get a little pink
Feeling a faint ear ache
This also works on children as well! And we all know that kids can go from feeling fine to having an upper raspatory infection in about a day.
If you have any questions at all feel free to call Mendes Family Chiropractic at 706-234-3031.
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