Fluid Retention (Oedema)

The lymphatic system is responsible for draining excess fluid in our bodies, it is usually activated by our movements; the contracting of muscles pushes the fluid along the lymphatic vessels.
However if a person is less mobile then the fluid sometimes doesn’t get the opportunity to drain away and can cause swelling.
Gentle massage in the direction towards the heart can help reduce oedema (fluid retention) by activating the lymph nodes and lymphatic system, allowing the excess fluid to drain away naturally.
This can also have an added benefit of boosting the immune system.
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Author: Elly Ingram

I am a massage therapist, based in Kington, Herefordshire. For further information please visit my website: http://www.ellyingram.co.uk Or you can find me on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ellyingrammassage

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