The Importance of Prevention
The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to the health of the cell in the breast area. Unlike other parts of the body, breasts are composed of fatty tissue and not muscle. Breast tissue contains an abundance of lymph vessels, but not muscle, which renders it inefficient by nature, for healthy lymphatic drainage.
Unlike the circulatory system, which is pumped by the heart, the lymphatic system is stimulated by muscle movement. The breasts, being at the top of the body, can be compromised on the cellular level due to lack of draining of fluids and proper oxygen delivery to the cells. The breast or mammary gland is drained by two sets of lymphatic vessels. Both superficial and deep vessels communicate with lymphatics in the fascia pectoralis major muscle. Over 85% of lymph from the breast enters the axillary nodes found under the arm.
Lymphatic drainage has been found to be beneficial in improving healthy flow of lymphatic fluids, promoting prevention of conditions of the breast through normal functions of the axillary nodes. This filter and purification system of the body is also responsible for delivery of nutrients, oxygen and hormones to the cell bed. It is a crucial player in the body’s ability to stave off disease and heal from injury by supporting the elimination of excess fluid and stored toxins.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer is a very aggressive type of cancer that can occur in women of any age and is being detected in staggering numbers in the United States. It is different in that it is not detected by a lump. Thermography is a 15 minute non invasive test, a valuable procedure that detects inflammation and will alert your doctor to changes that can indicate early stages of breast disease. Lymphatic drainage is a highly effective therapy that can be used in prevention, addressing inflammation and also in reducing the accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery, often after a mastectomy.