The Lymphatic Pump

Understanding the lymphatic pump.

Valves exist in all lymph channels, even down to the tips of the lymphatic capillaries. These valves are further apart in larger lymphatics and closer together in the smaller ones. As the lymph vessel fills with fluid (from the surrounding tissues, waste) the pressure on the walls causes an intrinsic contraction of the lymphatic channel creating the pumping of lymph in one direction only down the lymph channel.

In addition to the pumping caused by intrinsic contraction of the lymph vessel walls, any external factor that compresses the lymph vessel can also cause pumping. In order of  their importance these factors are:

Contraction of muscles
Passive movement s of the parts of the body
Arterial pulsations
Compression of the tissues by objects outside the body (like massage)

The lymphatic pump becomes very active during exercise. It can increase lymph flow as much as 5 to 15 times. Also, during periods of rest, lymph flow is very sluggish….(sitting long periods of time).

Therefore, movement is so important to enhance the flow of lymph…and yet if one is very toxic or ill, you can see that the lymph should not be activated too much or it will dump the toxins back into the circulatory system and this is what causes a relapse….(Just when you were getting over the cold, you thought it would be great to get some exercise and go out for a run). 

Chiropractic Care at this office enhances immune system health.  Dr. Powers administers lymphatic drainage techniques to assist you in reconnecting to your vitality…Call NOW…

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