Vibration Therapy for Lymphatic Drainage
Vibration therapy is accepted the best for its effectiveness in promoting lymphatic drainage. The muscle contraction induced by vibration works perfectly with the mechanism of lymphatic circulation for enhancing the fluid flow. Vibration therapy is an optimal solution for the treatment of lymphatic circulation issues.
How does lymphatic drainage work
Unlike blood system which has a heart in the center location providing fluid driving power, lymphatic system relies on pressures formed in the lymph vessels and the surrounding tissues to provide the fluid driving power.
Inside the tissues and the vessels, pressures and lymphatic system's single-direction valve mechanism work together to fulfill lymph transport function.
After lymph is collected, it goes through lymph nodes for filtration, then transported to ducts at the neck, and finally returns back to the bloodstream. This process is called lymphatic drainage.
Let's call the pressure formed inside the lymph vessels internal pressure, and the pressure formed outside of lymph vessel in the surrounding tissue external pressure, See below.
|Internal pressure||The pressure created through the contraction of smooth muscles inside the wall of the lymph vessels. The smooth muscle contraction is involuntary.|
|External pressure||The pressure created by the movement of the surrounding tissues, including skeletal muscles contraction, breathing, arterial pulsation, and other body parts movements.|
Vibration therapy for lymphatic drainage
The involuntary contraction of smooth muscle inside the wall of lymph vessel forms internal pressure to transport lymph in the vessel constantly. Internal pressure alone is not enough for a healthy lymphatic circulation.
The system naturally relies on external pressure for additional power. External pressures are formed when the surrounding tissues move.
If we maintain a moderate physical activities in our daily routine, we should be able have sufficient external pressures needed for lymphatic circulation. The requirements of lymph pressure and flow rate are very low.
Lymphatic drainage problem may happen due to lack of physical activity or some medical conditions.
Excessive lymph can be trapped in the lymphatic system, and lead to many kind of diseases that are hard-to-treat, some are even hard-to-diagnose. Vibration therapy has been proved very effective to improve lymphatic drainage. Vibration induced muscle contraction has a pattern of continuous rapid pulses of high intense force. The pattern adds dynamics to the external pressures, which is optimal in pumping lymph in the vessel.
Another important function
The dynamic pressures created by rapid pulse muscle contraction are also effective in pushing tissue fluids from the interstitial compartment to lymphatic capillary. The tissue fluid that enters into lymphatic capillary becomes lymph. So, vibration therapy and fulfill two functions for lymphatic system:
|Vibration therapy's functions for lymphatic system|
|Transfer tissue fluid to lymph||Attribute: vibration create high dynamic pressures that are more efficient and effective helping lymphatic system's functionality in fluid handling.|
|Transport lymph to bloodstream (lymphatic drainage)|
In fact, treating lymphatic drainage is probably the most recognized and widely discussed application of vibration therapy.
Vibration induced muscle contraction fit well into the natural mechanism of lymphatic system. The unique dynamic pressure in the surrounding tissue is not available from regular physical exercise. The uniqueness is potentially the reason that vibration therapy can have special effectiveness in treating some complicated lymphatic disorders and related diseases, which traditional medicine and regular exercise could not.
Treating lymphatic drainage, vibration therapy is safe, natural, and effective. It is worth trying.
- Understanding of Lymph Circulation
- By Olivier STÜCKER, Catherine PONS-HIMBERT, and Elisabeth LAEMMEL Université Paris
- Jay Tang
Interpreting life science from a mechanical engineering perspective.