The lymphatic system is the structure that supports the lymph. It is composed of organs, lymph nodes, conductors and lymphatic vessels.
What is lymph?
It is a clear fluid that travels through the lymphatic vessels. It is very rich in protein and its main functions are are interstitial fluid drainage, fat transport and immune response.
Lymph transport begins in the lymphatic capillaries, fine vessels that communicate with the cells. As they go deeper, the capillaries become larger and are called lymphatic vessels.
What are lymphatic vessels?
Lymphatic vessels are the tubes through which lymph circulates. Transport occurs through different organs such as the bone marrow, lymph nodes and spleen, which are involved in the production and storage of immune system cells.
What are lymph nodes?
They are very small nodules found on the neck, groin, armpits, chest and abdomen.
They are responsible for producing immune cells to fight infections that attack the body.
Functions of the lymphatic system
Among the most important functions of the lymphatic system are to drain interstitial fluid and return it to the blood, to protect and eliminate foreign substances through the immune response, and to transport fats from food into the blood.
However, not all fat is eliminated. Sometimes, it is stored in areas of the body more predisposed to it or retained in the form of liquids.
However, these fats can be mobilized by increasing lymphatic circulation, for example, by massaging the affected areas with gentle, repetitive movements.
It is the technique indicated to mobilize the lymph and eliminate toxins, retained liquids and fats. Lymphatic drainage eliminates retained fluid, but not fat. This must first be dissolved before it can be transported for disposal.
Therefore, lymphatic drainage is a therapy that must be combined with treatments that allow fat dissolution.
Lymphatic drainage is not only used in aesthetic medicine, as it also has medical and therapeutic applications in patients with injuries.
Some people, with serious diseases or other pathologies, should not have lymphatic drainage. It is advisable to consult a doctor first.