Maps of the lymphatic system: old (left) and updated to reflect UVA’s discovery.
Credit: University of Virginia Health System
Researchers have determined that the brain is directly connected to the lymphatic (Immune) system by vessels that were previously unknown.
I use the PhysioTouch Lymph drainage device to improve the function of the lymphatic system. For years I have used it for the fascial system, treating muscle pain, scar tissue and adhesion formation using this method. I am excited that the reseach is catching up with this new understanding of the lymphatic system/brain connection.
There is implication for the treatment and prevention of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is caused by accumulations of big protein chunks in the brain. We think they may be accumulating in the brain because they’re not being efficiently removed by these vessels.
The brain influences every single cell in the body. People are beginning to understand the neuro-immune system and even the gut-brain immune system interactions, and that taking good care of the lymphatic vessels is so vital to good health and aging. The treatment to enhance the lymphatic vessel drainage is comfortable.
- Antoine Louveau, Igor Smirnov, Timothy J. Keyes, Jacob D. Eccles, Sherin J. Rouhani, J. David Peske, Noel C. Derecki, David Castle, James W. Mandell, Kevin S. Lee, Tajie H. Harris, Jonathan Kipnis. Structural and functional features of central nervous system lymphatic vessels. Nature, 2015; DOI:
The lymphatic system takes care of our immune system and dead cell removal; if there is injury, or tissue damage, even from surgery (a controlled trauma) there will be an extra accumulation of proteins, such as the GAGs (glycosoaminoglycans) that may be handled improperly by the tissue. The lymphatic system will participate in taking care of it. Even manipulation will produce body waste and the lymphatic system will take it away. The lymphatic system follows the fascial system. The fascia requires movement and the PhysioTouch offers a dimension I was not normally incorporating into my treatments. Chiropractors, PT’s, massage therapists and acupuncturists spend the majority of treatment pushing into the body. The device pulls tissue away from the body (fascial traction).
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