HEALING ARTS CLEARING the lymph system NEURO-LYMPHATIC REFLEXES By Thomas Tumbarello DC
All of the soft tissues of the body are bathed in watery fluid called lymph. Lymph is a second circulation sys- tem that contains twice as much fluid as the blood system. It is important for the cleansing of body fluids, manufacture of white blood cells / antibodies, carries nutrients and drains off excessive fluids and proteins. The fluid in this system is derived from blood plasma (plasma as in the bloodstream becomes lymph as it leaves the blood). The body has twice as many lymph vessels as blood vessels. Lymph seeps through the capillary walls to fill tissue spaces and flows into lymph vessels, nodes, spleen, tonsils and the thymus.
It’s basic operations serves as a bridge across which oxygen, nutrients and waste cross.
Similar to the veins, the lymphatic system picks up plasma proteins that escape under the force of pres- sure. This is accomplished as a partial vacuum is created from mechanical motion, breath and arterial pulsing. Lymph also carries chemicals including fat and cholesterol which are absorbed during the process of digestion.
Lymphatic fluids eventually reach terminal vessels the thoracic duct that lies along the spine and enters a vein close to the heart as well as the right lymphatic duct where it returns to the blood stream from which it came.
Pain and disease often begin or accelerate when con- ditions cause the capillary pores to lose quantities of blood proteins into the cell area. This protein attracts fluids leading to swelling and inflammation that cause deprivation of oxygen resulting in pain, cell pollution and death.
In 1929 osteopathic physician Frank Chapman discov- ered reflex areas that when stimulated induced a flush of lymphatic fluids through the system. He researched and discovered that stagnation of lymphatic fluids was associated with most sickness. He also found that stim- ulation of key areas altered the course and eliminated many health issues. This work was closely followed up and became an integral part of Applied Kinesiology by chiropractic researcher Dr George Goodheart.
Goodheart’s Applied Kinesiology now included struc- tural, vascular, acupuncture and nutrition with the neu- ron lymphatic component for a more complete method of care.
I have found Neuro lymphatic points and their stimula- tion can dramatically improve the range of motion of joints, reduce pain / inflammation, increase strength and balance to muscles, organs and glands and help maintain acupuncture energy. It really contributes to any form of manipulation.
Charts are available that illustrate key neuro lymphatic areas. Between office visits I recommend stimulation
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points to all my patients and the results are worth- while.
Major effects can be attained with light to moderate 10 second stimulation at these locations especially dur- ing a warm shower as they will assist in relieving many symptoms of pain, brain fog, digestion and movement difficulties.
Key points are in the groin (both sides), over the pubic bones, under the breasts, between the breasts (ster- num), under the collar bone, on the upper neck below the back of the skull, outside and inside of the thigh, and on the tailbone /sacrum.
In times of stress and seasonal changes contraction of tissues is optimal for lymphatic stagnation. This is why flu, colds, and associated symptoms are so fre- quent during seasonal changes. (Everyone blames the bug / virus, but organisms need stagnation to fester in) You can avoid much of this and boost your immune response by making this simple method part of your daily lifestyle habit.
Nutritional support would most likely include enhancing liver cleaning / detoxification with the addition of raw and bitter green vegetables. Depending on needs, sup- port for the bile system and adrenal glands may prove wise.
Massage, yoga, chiropractic / osteopathic manipulation, walking, stretching, and rebounding are excellent ways to keep the lymphatic system moving. I also advise specialized lymphatic massage by local specialists.
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