Lymph is bodily fluid that moves through the body unidirectional lymphatics vessels. The role of tissue fluid is to impart the necessary substances to cells. As lymph passes between cells it collects the remaining waste (garbage) materials such as dead cells, pathogens, carcinogens, etc. which are further disposed of the body.
Lymphatic drainage applies to:
- Oedema caused by trauma, tumour or surgery
- Ulceration due to venous standstill
- Reducing the volume of limbs
- Increased blood circulation
- Relieve muscle fatigue and pain
- Postpartum to reduce swelling
- After breast removal
When lymph nodes or lymph are to be damaged, destroyed or removed, lymph cannot drain normally from that area. In that case, the excess lymph accumulates and appears oedema which is characteristic of the term lymphedema or lymphatic oedema.