The lymphatic system

The most important function of the lymphatic system (lymph vessels) is to maintain low colloid osmotic pressure in the interstitial space between cells by carrying away plasma proteins that have been expelled from the capillaries. Removing proteins and reducing inflammation as early on as possible decreases the risk that harmful impacts will multiply in the affected parts of the body and that complications will occur. Lymph vessels also transport fluid that has accumulated in the interstitial space, along with its cellular load (residue of dead cells, inflammatory cells, bacteria, excess fat, etc.).

Before rejoining the venous circulation, lymph fluid and its cellular load flows through the lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped organs that play a specialized role in the immune system by defending the body against harmful particles, sometimes on a very specific level. Lymph nodes vary in size, with a diameter of 1–25 mm. They are found everywhere in the body, especially in the neck, groin, underarm and intestinal regions.

PhysioTouch or LymphaTouch therapy activates the superficial lymphatic capillary network, pulling on anchor fibers to stretch the endothelial openings and increase the flow of lymph. PhysioTouch and LymphaTouch stretch the anchor fibers both horizontally and vertically, thus allowing even sizeable particles such as harmful proteins to be carried away. PhysioTouch or LymphaTouch therapy can also be used to treat tissue fibrosis caused by lymphedema or persistent swelling.