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Sewage System of the Body

Sewage System of the Body

No, it isn’t your bowels!  Welcome to the wonderful world of Lymph!  The lymphatic system is one of the first lines of immunological defenses of the body.  It has many other extremely important functions as well.

The lymphatic system creates immune cells such as lymphocytes, monocytes, and plasma cells.  The lymphatic system sends these cells throughout the body to wherever they are needed.  It then carries away dead cells to be removed.

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It is the circulatory system’s sister and is the second pathway back to the heart.  Lymph is the fluid that helps produce the connective tissue of the body – think fascia and bones, to name a couple.  The lymph system does not have its own pumping system like the heart in the circulatory system.  Movement is key!!  (Look forward to my video series – Combatting FFP – Front Forward Posture)

Ever wonder why massage therapists always tell you to drink more water?  The lymph system is throughout the body and a lot of it is just under the skin.  So, when you receive a massage, the lymph fluid has been manipulated, releasing toxins.

Think of cleaning with a sponge.  Before you use the dirty sponge somewhere else, you have to clean it.  Same thing with our lymph.  Once it has been manipulated it has to be cleaned out by drinking more water.  The type of water you drink is also important.  (Look for the Hydration vs Saturation)  If you ever feel like you have the flu the next day after a massage it means you need to drink more water!

When the body has had surgery or trauma, the damaged tissue responds with inflammation to protect the area (not to mention the fascial response, which we will talk about in another article).  Lymphatic massage helps to reduce painful swelling from the traumatized area.

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Julie Fisher

LMBT SC/NC

#AdvancedTherapeuticBodywork #BeeTranquil #TransparentWarrior  #TheBodyEngineer

King of Sprains and Strains

King of Sprains and Strains

-Julie Fisher

The liver, also known as the ruler of tendons and ligaments, is a fairly large organ weighing on average two to five pounds. Second in size only to our skin,  the liver is the largest gland in the body and governs many different functions such as detoxification, metabolizing carbohydrates, balancing hormone levels, vitamin and mineral storage (including iron homeostasis), and the secretion of bile.  Bile is essential for Vitamin K absorption, a key ingredient for clotting agents and for breaking down proteins for digestion.  So, imagine if there are issue/restrictions happening in or around the liver, many functions are affected.

The liver has several ligaments that attach to the diaphragm, one to the colon, one to the right kidney and one to the lesser curvature of the stomach.  As you can imagine if there are any lesions or restrictions on these ligaments the affects can cause a cascade of musculoskeletal restrictions and pain.

In Traditional Chinese medicine and Visceral Manipulation, the liver is also responsible for the deep chi of the body (along with the kidneys) and reacts to intense anguish, unbearable difficulties, rage and many more intense emotions.

So why is the liver the ruler of tendons and ligaments? One of functions of the liver as mentioned about is mineral storage as well as iron homeostasis.  If the liver isn’t functioning properly it isn’t able to keep iron levels stable.  This in term causes anemia.  Anemia causes less blood flow to the ligaments and tendons.  Which in turn, causes them to be weaker and more susceptible to injury.

There are so many things that can affect a healthy liver.  Alcohol abuse is the major cause of liver problems in the industrialized world.  Other causes of liver damage/disease can include diet, drugs (whether prescribed or not), airborne chemicals, hepatitis C, parasites, genetics and a myriad of things.

When writing this article, I had assumed that a damaged liver causes anxiety and stress.  However, all the studies I have read to date do not yet understand the connection but show that anxiety and stress are actually causing the liver damage!

Taking care of our bodies is so important!  Again, I encourage everyone to learn about their bodies.  Ask questions, do your own research…..don’t believe me! Question, question, question!

Julie Fisher NC/SC LMBT

#BeeTranquil #TransparentWarrior  #TheBodyEngineer

 

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