Bursitis Lymphatic Therapy

Do you know why bursitis lymphatic therapy should be a part of your healing plan?

Do you know exactly where your lymph system is and what it does in your body?

The fact is that lymphatic system is one of the most overlooked systems in the body, although keeping it in order can save your health and even your life.

In the US alone, over 10 million people suffer from lymphatic problems in some shape or form.

Meet The Lymph

Your lymph is the clear fluid that you can see seeping from a cut before the blood comes out.

The lymph system starts as a network of tiny vessels that merge into larger vessels that connect to over 700 small 'filtering centrals' called lymph nodes. Lymph nodes vary in size and are grouped in clusters in various parts of the body - your armpit, groin and neck.

In a nutshell, the lymphatic system is the 'nutrition and waste management service' for all the cells in your body:

  • Maintaining a healthy fluid balance
  • Carrying various useful items such as hormones and nutrients to where they are needed
  • Defending your body from disease - the lymph contains lymphocytes and other antibodies and is a part of our immune system
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Speeding up recovery and healing
  • Eliminating wastes - e.g. metabolic cell waste, dead cells, excess water, proteins, viruses, bacteria, minerals, toxins.

Lymphatic Disfunction = Bursitis

When the body is stressed (e.g. due to insufficient exercise, diet and rest), lymphatic flow can get overloaded, blocked and the waste products and acidity start to build up in the system. Lymphedema means blockage, swelling and infection of lymph nodes.

And that is certainly an environment where inflammation and illness thrive.

Possible symptoms of such lymphatic disfunction include swollen limbs, bursitis, tendonitis, chronic inflammatory conditions, chronic muscle pain, joint stiffness, back pain, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, hormonal imbalances - to name just a few.

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging and Bio Meridian Screening are two widely used methods to find out if your lymph system is clogged up.

Getting the Lymph Moving

The heart helps the blood to circulate. But the lymphatic system has no such pump to get it flowing around the body so in order to circulate properly it relies on:

  • Pulsation of arteries
  • Movement of diaphragm
  • Movement of muscles - voluntary (e.g. activated by exercise), smooth (e.g. controlled automatically by the nervous system), intestinal (aiding digestion)
  • Common treatments to boost lymph flow - massage, diet,...

Lymphatic Massage

In 1832, Dr. Emil Vodder and his wife were working as masseurs on the French Riviera. Most of their patients were English trying to recover form chronic colds. All had swollen lymph nodes. Dr. Vodder treated the swollen lymph nodes intuitively. The result? The colds 'miraculously' vanished. The lymphatic massage method (also known as lymphatic drainage) was born.

The difference between traditional massage and lymphatic drainage is that the latter is a technique completely focused on the increase of lymph flow and clearing of blockages in the lymph nodes, using gentle rhytmic strokes towards the heart (i.e. the direction lymph naturally flows).

The bursitis lymphatic drainage can be either manual or electro.

For the electro lymphatic therapy the practitioner uses a light beam which produces negative ions to unclog the lymphatic system blockages. It is claimed to be at least 10 times more effective than manual lymph drainage.

Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage

Bursitis lymphatic massage is effective at addressing pain and healing by supporting:

  • Detoxification

Assisting in removing toxins from the body's cells and tissues, which helps with healing.

  • Circulation

Delivering nutrition and oxygen to the cells of your body. Again, this aids the healing process.

  • Immunity

Helping the immune system (e.g. by balancing the white cell count) which helps to prevent infection and inflammation and delayed healing.

  • Swelling and Inflammation Reduction

Stimulating lymph flow from the affected area speeds up removal of inflammatory agents (e.g. cytokines and prostaglandins) that contribute to inflammation, edema (swelling) and pain.

  • Bodily Systems

Improving function of many systems in your body - such as respiratory, muscular and endocrine.

  • Vitality

Energizing the body and mind, exhausted as a result of the stress of the bursitis / tendonitis condition.

  • Relaxation

Balancing and soothing the nervous system. Promoting a state of relaxation and healing.

Contraindications of Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic drainage is so powerful in accelerating lymph flow that there are a number of health conditions that do not allow individuals to receive this treatment:

  • Acute Inflammation
  • Thrombosis
  • Cancer
  • Major heart conditions
  • Pregnancy
  • Patients with pacemakers (mainly for electro lymphatic massage)


  • Drink plenty of water after a bursitis lymphatic treatment session as this will help you to flush out the toxins.
  • Make sure that your massage therapist is well qualified.
  • Consult your doctor first before taking up any bursitis lymphatic treatment. Particularly if you suffer from a serious condition or swollen glands.

Everyday Lymph Boosters

  • Drink loads

The lymphatic system needs a constant supply of fluid. Pure or filtered water is the best choice.

  • Eat healthy

Go for whole, natural, organic foods. Greens, veggies and fruits are amazing.

Avoid 'lymph cloggers' such as chemicals (GMOs, preservatives, artificial sweeteners...), highly processed and refined foods, excess sugar and fat, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol.

  • Move your body

By exercising (including walking, yoga or stretching) you are massaging your lymph pathways. Rebounding and rope skipping are excellent lymph boosting activities.

  • Deep breathing

Do some breathing excercises every day and/or take up exercises that involve deep breathing such as Tai Chi or Qi Gong and Yoga.

  • Dry skin brushing

Gentle skin brushing using a natural soft dry brush is a cheap and quick way how to support your lymph flow.

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