A well functioning Lymphatic system is essential to health, and yet it is an area that is often not discussed. So what is the fuss then? Well if you don’t realise the importance of the lymphatic system and you don’t know that there are things you can do to support it… then you might be needlessly suffering with pain or stiffness or excess weight or swollen limbs. So what things can affect the lymphatic system, what symptoms do we get when it isn’t functioning so well and how do we know when we need to support our own lymphatic system?

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Are your lymphatics an often ignored Secret in your Health?

So the lymphatic system…affects many things. How will you know if it’s a major component in your health and why is it seen as so important? To find these answers please watch on.

Hi I’m Alexis Weidland, osteopath at BlossomingMe. As an osteopath I focus on optimising the movement of fluid. This can help to reduce pain and swelling; increase healing; support lymphedema after surgery and Cancer Treatments; and improve your overall health.

So what can affect the lymphatic system?

Genetics; surgery; radiation; some other medical interventions; scar tissue; tissue or vessel damage; poor circulation; posture; and tissue strains; and anything that increases the load on your lymphatics such as sluggish… sluggish detoxification; reduced cardiovascular function; or high toxic load.


Genetic mutations that cause dysfunction in methylation or other absorption issues as well as detoxification issues and including those that make people more susceptible to mold will create many negative effects. This will adversely affect your immune system; increase your likelihood of toxicity from mold, heavy metals, and more; disrupt cellular nutrition; and cellular function; and just generally add increased load and therefore stress on your lymphatic system.

Primary Lymphoedema

Hereditary disorders such as Meige and Milroy disorders cause genetic mutations and poor lymphatic tissue cell structure. These will cause primary lymphedema.

Secondary Lymphoedema

The damage to your lymphatic tissues your lymphatic system from surgery, radiation, and other medical interventions will cause structural damage to your lymphatic tissues and as a result will increase the pressure. Making it harder for the lymph to move along its path. This causes sluggish movement and congestion. Swelling, deformity and pain will result. This is called secondary lymphedema and it’s common after radiation and surgery that is common in treatment of, for example, breast cancer. Where they use lumpectomy mastectomy and often axillary node-ectomy which is the nodes under your arms, as well as radiation, to reduce the number of cancer cells.

Anything that increases lymphatic load

Because the lymphatic system is part of our rubbish Disposal system, anything that adds to the amount of rubbish that our body needs to use energy to process to inactivate and to move and remove, will increase the work of our lymphatic system. Increasing the risk that our lymphatic system can become overloaded and then sluggish in its ability to move and remove everything. So any illness then where the organs of detoxification or circular… circulatory system are affected will increase the load on your lymphatic system increasing our likelihood of lymphatics becoming slow, sluggish and struggling.

What makes our Lymphatics so vulnerable to issues

So because the lymphatic vessels contain no musculature in them, it’s dependent on movement to pump the fluid around. This coupled with the lack of vessels in, sorry –  of valves in the vessels, makes it more susceptible to gravitational pressures. So a lack of movement then such as exercise, and mobility in general, will increase the stress and reduce the effectiveness of your lymphatic system to be able to work okay.

What are some complications when it isn’t working properly?

So there are a lot of things that can actually affect your lymphatic system … but What can go wrong and… if your lymphatic system is not functioning effectively?

Reduced Immune System

So because your lymphatic system is a major part of your immune system you’re more likely to be at risk of cancers, as your body is less able to neutralise and remove overactive cells. You can also have a dampened immune response, meaning that you’re more easily able to catch any illness that you come in contact with. So this may result in you suffering recurrent colds and flus, or another presentation might be regular episodes of tonsillitis or laryngitis or ear infections.


With more severe lymphatic disruptions like stage 3 lymphedema, infections such as lymphagitis which is the infection in the lymphatic vessels themselves and cellulitis or an infection in the deeper layers of the skin and fat tissues, are more common. These both cause swelling, redness, and pain, and can be dangerous if left untreated…

Doesn’t sound so fabulous!

How do we know when We have an issue with our Lymphatic system?

So how can we identify if you may have a problem with your lymphatic system?

if you seem to continually get sick; or have regular swelling and deep aches in your legs especially after standing, after exercising, or at the end of the day, you may likely have a sluggishness and a struggling lymphatic system.

if you notice swelling reduce range of movement and a dull pain in your neck. Maybe nasal congestion, ear pain, headaches, even visual disturbances, pressure in your sinuses, and even it can affect breathing, swallowing, and talking – All of these could be signs that you may have reduced lymphatic flow and function within your head and neck.

A First Sign

Often one of the earlier signs of lymphatic disruption is when you have things like swelling in the extremities especially after exercising, at the end of the day, and pitting edema.

Pitting edema

Is when there is a pit or a dent left in the skin when pressure is removed. So if you push on this … on the tissues above your ankle with your thumb for example, no dent should remain when you remove your thumb. If it does you have what’s classified as stage one lymphedema. Another thing to identify that, would be if you… when you take your socks off the lines of your socks remain (on your skin)

A limb that is affected by lymphedema may have symptoms initially just of pitting edema. Then you may notice skin discolouration changes, then swelling, reduced range of motion, a sense of heaviness, a dull ache, pain, blisters, fluid leaking from the skin, and infection. 

Other Signs

Also if you have poor circulation, any illness that affects the healthy functioning of your immune system, a reduced detoxification system, or if you struggle to lose weight, then you likely have a lymphatic system that could use assistance!

I hope you guys found this helpful?!  Please remember to comment, like, and share. If you have any questions please send them in the comments section so that I can answer them for you. If you’d like my e-guide “5 ways to move your lymph” comment “yes” below and I will get that to you.

Next week I’ll be discussing detoxification so if you have any specific questions please comment them or email us at nurturing@blossomingme.com.au

That’s all for now, have a great day!

Bye for now


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About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

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