The Lymphatic System
Like the roots of a tree, the lymphatic system starts as tiny vessels – only a single-cell wide – that eventually branch into larger and larger tubes. This network of delicate vessels and lymph nodes is the primary structure of the immune system.
Most lymph vessels, about 70 percent, are located just below the skin. The contraction of lymph vessels stimulated by MLD results in a larger amount of metabolic waste products and excess fluid being removed from the body’s tissues and entering the lymphatic system. The fluid (known as lymph) passes through a series of lymph nodes where it is cleansed of dead cells, bacteria and other waste products, and the clean lymph is returned to the blood stream.
A well functioning lymphatic system contributes to healthy body tissue and plays an important part in the body’s immune responses.
When the lymph system works well, we feel healthy and have a strong defence against illness. When it’s sluggish or blocked – say after surgery or an injury – we can experience swelling, feel tired and be more susceptible to colds and infections.
Lymph system map