Lymph: The River of Life
Where is this exotic oasis and will it make me look and feel younger? This fountain of youth known as the lymphatic system is within all of us and when functioning at optimum levels; yes, it can make us feel energized and look younger. That’s what we all want, right? So what is this thing called lymph?
The lymphatic system is a part of the circulatory system and is responsible for the delicate balance of bringing healthy nutrients to the cells of the body while at the same time removing toxins and excess fluids from body tissues. The proper functioning of this system is crucial to our body’s ability to detoxify and regenerate tissues and maintain a healthy immune system.
Lymph vessels are located in superficial and deep systems throughout the entire body. The superficial vessels are tiny and arranged in intricate networks, fascia (connective tissue) in the dermis and do not have valves. They connect with a deeper layer of vessels, larger in diameter, that do contain valves and run alongside superficial subcutaneous veins. These are linked to an even deeper layer of vessels that run superficial to the muscles and deeper fascia and further assist in the transport of lymph back to the blood circulatory system. During this process lymph flows through the regional lymph nodes where it is filtered of bacteria, toxins and dead cells. There are 650-750 lymph nodes located throughout the body, primarily in the neck, axillary and groin areas. Along with the thymus gland, tonsils and spleen, the nodes produce lymphocytes which enhance the body’s immune system.
This process can be hindered or stopped due to fatigue, stress, lack of activity, emotional shock, infections, surgery, swelling, age, or chemicals. It is important to keep this “river of life” from becoming stagnate and the best thing we can do to keep the river flowing is to move. Muscle movement=lymph movement. Any type of exercise is great; but because of the buoyancy water creates, swimming is extra beneficial, even if you just stand in the water and move your arms and legs. Deep breathing, drinking sufficient amounts of water and a low fat diet also help. Manual lymph drainage therapy activates lymph fluid circulation using precise, rhythmic motions. This will optimize the function of your lymphatic system by increasing the flow 10 times. It is especially beneficial post surgery or injury to reduce swelling, minimize scarring and
accelerate healing. It has also been proven to alleviate symptoms of allergies, sinus conditions, headaches and edema. Lymph drainage therapy is great for preventing stretch marks during pregnancy and also boost immune system function which is passed onto the baby through breast feeding.
Cindy Bates is certified in Manual Lymph Drainage Therapy, Structural Integration, Neuromuscular and Myofascial Therapies and Frequency Specific Microcurrent. She is the owner of Bodywork for Life at 7629 E. Pinnacle Peak #118, Scottsdale, AZ. 85255 480.595.0246 www.bodyworkforlife.com
Trina Becksted for Holistic Healing News
It was a relief to learn there was hope for my arm tingling from whiplash, 30+ years ago when I visited Cindy Bates of Bodywork for Life. My years of physical therapy , chiropractic and a myriad of other treatments I tried seemed to be temporary relief. The microcurrent had the ability to break up the scar tissue on my 4th and 5th cervicals that caused the pinch nerves and my pain. For those of you in pain, suffering with fibromyalgia, migraine headaches and even emotional issues, don’t despair there is hope. Find a therapist who specializes in Microcurrent and discover a path to healing.
The History of Microcurrent
Electromagnetic therapies were used by 50% of physicians in 1910. These therapies were nearly driven out of existence in the 1930’s by competitive influences that favored emerging pharmaceutical and technological advances. In 1995, Dr. Carolyn McMakin began using microcurrent in her practice. Impressed by the results achieved, she began clinical research and educating other healthcare professionals in FSM training seminars worldwide.
It is now widely use by healthcare practitioners who realize the benefits of a more natural healing modality that, in some cases, is actually more effective. It has become extremely popular with professional athletes in the NFL, NHL, NBA, as well as Tour de France cyclists and marathoners. It is even being used to treat race horses.
How and Why Microcurrent Works
All matter is made of atoms. Negatively charged atomic particles called electrons vibrate and spin in orbits around the nucleus of atoms and, in doing so, produce electromagnetic energy. Because water is a conductor of electromagnetic energy and because the human body is approximately 70% water, people are susceptible to electromagnetic field changes. Each tissue and organ in the body has its own unique frequency, as do specific conditions and pathologies. Healthy tissues conduct a bioelectric current throughout the body that is altered in the presence of injury or disease. The abnormal vibration is not only determined by which tissue is afflicted (muscle, fascia, tendon, bone, etc.), but also by the type of condition (inflammation, injury, infection, stress, toxicity, etc.). Frequency Specific Microcurrent matches the frequencies of the tissue involved and the condition in order to neutralize the frequencies that are incorrect, and restore normal frequencies within the cells.
Some people may experience a dramatic change immediately after treatment, or in some cases, up to 24 hours later. The results and the duration of benefits vary from person to person and are longer lasting with each subsequent treatment. Though early intervention generally enhances favorable outcomes with FSM, good outcomes have also been observed when using FSM for longstanding symptoms, even when other treatments have failed. For acute injuries or surgeries, optimum results are achieved when treatment is done within a 4 hour window.
What You Can Expect During a Treatment
Microcurrent frequencies are delivered through electrode pads and moist towels placed on the area to be treated. The therapist may also use thin, graphite gloves allowing a hands-on approach to feel the response of the tissues and to target more specific areas. Massage and bodywork techniques may be applied at the same time as microcurrent. The use of microcurrent during a bodywork session greatly enhances the outcome by helping to release adhesions, soften tight muscles, release trigger points, reduce inflammation, treat joint pain, and the removal of cellular waste.
There is no discomfort during the treatment. The amount of current used in FSM is approximately the same level as what the cells in our body normally produce. Therefore, the sensory nerves are not stimulated so you do not feel a thing. Microcurrent delivers current in millionths of amperes (the same as human cells), allowing frequencies to resonate with the body’s energy. Other traditional electrotherapy devices, such as a TENS unit, deliver current at a much higher output and can cause muscle contraction.
FSM is FDA approved and safe for most anyone. It is not recommended for people with pacemakers or who are pregnant.
For optimum results you must be very well hydrated. We recommend that you drink 1-2 quarts (32-64 oz.) of water within 1-2 hours prior to your treatment. Please avoid applying any lotions, creams, oils, or perfumes before your appointment. Drinking water after your treatment is recommended to help flush out toxins that are being released from cells due to normal function being restored.
Proven Benefits of Frequency Specific Microcurrent
Improves oxygenation and cellular repair
Reduces inflammatory chemicals in tissues
Increases feel-good endorphin levels
Increases cell energy (ATP) levels by up to 500%
Boosts protein synthesis by 70%, accelerating tissue repair
Restores depleted adrenal function
Repairs the regulation of nervous tissue
Boosts immune function
Accelerates healing of acute injuries up to 200%
Cindy Bates Founder and Practitioner -Bodywork for Life
7629 E Pinnacle Peak Rd #118
Scottsdale, AZ 85255