One of the problems that are caused when the lymph
system malfunctions is a headache. A lot of headaches
are a result of increased lymph in the tissue around the brain.
This increased fluid causes pressure and therefore pain. The
lymph from the head drains into the lymph nodes on the right
side of the neck. So increased tension as a result of 'getting
up tight' leads to so-called tension headaches.
By stimulating the lymph flow with Manual
Lymph Drainage symptoms headaches can be reduced. To maintain
the lymph flow we use Connective Tissue Manipulation to the
neck to reduce the tension around the base of the neck where
the lymph empties into the blood stream. If you have a problem
in the autumn with leaves blocking an outside drain, clearing
the leaves helps the problem in the short term. Placing a
cover over the drain will prevent the blockage recurring in
the future. So a patient with frequently recurring headaches
is treated with Manual Lymph Drainage to alleviate their pain
and Connective Tissue Manipulation so
that their headaches become less and less frequent. The effects
of Connective Tissue Manipulation are cumulative. Once the
tension has been reduced by treatment that reduction is maintained.
The degree to which it is maintained is conditional upon the
level of stress put into the system by the patient's lifestyle.