lymph lymphatic massage

Lymphatic massage can improve your immune system tremendously but before we proceed, what is lymph? Just like our outer body needs regular cleaning, our inner organs need it too. 

Lymph is a clear fluid in charge of cleaning our body tissues and arteries and it drains the waste to the lymphatic system. Lymphatic system solely depends on muscles to drain this liquid and therefore it is disadvantaged compared to the heart that uses both muscles and pumps to move the blood throughout our body. 

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To make the lymphatic system more efficient, lymphatic massage which is a manual technique of draining lymph can be applied. The stimulation works by moving the fluid to the lymph nodes which are located in different parts of the body such as the groin, neck, and armpits.

What makes lymph nodes swell

Lymph nodes swell because of many reasons but the common ones include infections such as flu, some types of cancer, and autoimmune disorder. In some cases, the swelling might be caused by certain medications such as antiseizure drugs or antimalarials. 

The human body has many lymph nodes and any node may be affected. The ones that are affected most are the ones around the head and neck. If more than one node is affected, the condition is called lymphadenopathy and it is an indication of body-wide disease. In such cases, you should seek medical attention to find out the cause.

Other causes of lymph node include sinus infections, mononucleosis, tonsillitis, gum infections, staph infections, throat, skin infections, and fungal infections

Identifying swollen lymph nodes

Spotting swollen nodes is very easy because you can feel them by simply pressing gently around a specific area. If you feel round bumps with sizes of grape with tender inflammation you could be having lymph nodes. In many cases, the nodes will be tender to touch and the size may vary from node to node.

 If you suspect the swelling is normal you can touch the parallel nodes and compare the sizes. Sometimes the nodes may look good but whenever you experience some pain especially when making some movement you should seek medical help. Movement mostly occurs when eating food, turning the neck or when bobbing the head. Swollen lymph nodes are likely to happen when you have a cough, flu like symptoms, or when having a sore throat

How do you know if Lymphatic massage is working?

One of the common ways to treat swollen lymph nodes is having a regular lymphatic massage. If you have the massage the swelling should reduce almost immediately. If the condition worsens, you should seek help from a doctor because this could be a symptom of other health conditions. Use of compression socks should be used hand in hand with lymphatic massage for people living with lymphedema.

Lymphatic massage also helps in treating fibromyalgia and can improve overall human health. Pain and stiffness are also fixed by lymphatic massage and that is why it is considered very helpful.

Other natural ways to boost the lymphatic system include avoiding processed food, eating more vegetables, exercising, and drinking plenty of water.

Benefits of Lymphatic Massage

The main benefit of having a regular lymphatic drain is to remove the stagnant lymph that can distract the normal flow of blood into the body cells. Having an efficient lymphatic system ensures the body is well relaxed, the energy is well distributed in the body and the tissues are regenerated as per the body demand.

Lymph massage accelerates the process of cleansing the body cells and arteries and by making the two clean, the immune system becomes stronger thus making your body healthier. At Graceful Touch we understand the health benefits of lymph massage and that why we recommend it to our customers. Our address is 2040 W Main St #209 – Rapid City, SD. You can also reach us via phone 605-574-1998.


It is true lymphatic massage can prevent and even cure many diseases but this does not mean you can substitute it with your normal checkups. In case you have any form of swelling it is advisable to seek help from healthcare provider and if confirmed the problem is lymphatic system, you can proceed to the manual drain. In many cases healthcare providers will recommend the same and chances are within days there is noticeable improvements.

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Guy is a dedicated vegan, who prefers natural remedies to treat root causes of physiological problems, instead of turning to medication to merely treat symptoms. When he learned in December 2017 he was suffering from high blood pressure (hypertension), he turned to massage as a potential answer for his problem. Rather than engage massage as a client, Guy chose to become a massage practitioner and enrolled in the Black Hills School of Massage in Hermosa, SD. He is now licensed to provide Swedish, Deep Tissue and Trigger Point massage among other modalities. He, and his wife Irene who is also a massage practitioner, have joined forces with the Fountain of Youth Waterstore in Rapid City where they provide clients with comforting relief from body aches and pains. Be sure to ask Guy what happened with his blood pressure when you see him for your initial treatment session.

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