Arlene S. Garcia, RMT, LLCC, LTC
Jackie* presented in my office with severe swelling of the left side of her face extending into the neck and submandibular areas. Bright green bruising was evident along the left parotid region extending to the subangulomandibular angle of the ramus. She had been referred to me for Lymph Drainage Therapy to remove chelation from her system.
Some ten years prior, Jackie had undergone dental procedures that, unknown at the time, resulted in dormant mercury toxicity and a closed-off infection in the lower jawbone. This condition had remained inactive until her dentist began the process of replacing resin crowns.
Rounds of antibiotics along with numerous therapies ensued€”all to no relief. Jackie was suffering. Pain in her left ear rated a nine out of ten on the pain scale. She could not open her mouth more than half an inch, and the left side of her lips did not move when she smiled. She experienced mental fogginess and fatigue, which she likened to being €œhit by a Mac truck.€ She had been unable to work for the past week.
I went to work applying techniques of Dr. Bruno Chikly€™s Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT). Within the first three treatments Jackie€™s face looked 90 percent better (see photos). While minor swelling was still visible in the lower jaw at the infection site, all bruising and ear pain were eliminated. She was able to open her jaw to complete extension, and her smile was symmetrical. She was wearing makeup, had her hair up, and was feeling well enough to return to work full time.
Why did Lymph Drainage Therapy succeed where others had not? The answer lies in the body€™s great filtering mechanism, the lymphatic system€”more specifically in the ability of LDT to read its signals and help it to function optimally.
Our marvelous lymphatic system
The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is vital to many aspects of our health and vitality. The body€™s ability to detoxify, drain stagnant fluids, filter out toxins and foreign substances, regenerate tissues, and maintain a healthy immune system is greatly dependent on a healthy lymphatic system.
The circulatory apparatus of the body provides one avenue for blood to leave the heart (via the arterial system) and two ways for it to return to the heart (via the venous and lymphatic systems). Once interstitial fluid enters a lymph capillary, it moves through the lymphatic system via lymph vessels of gradually increasing size. Interspersed among these vessels (pre-collectors and collectors) are lymph nodes. The lymph nodes are active purification centers that break down and destroy foreign bodies and pathogenic substances to be flushed out of the body via the eliminatory tract. Other substances transported by the lymph vessels (i.e., proteins, hormones, fatty acids, colloids, water) are processed in the lymph nodes for utilization or elimination. Lymph nodes also produce and circulate lymphocytes and related cells to assist our immune functions. The end of this journey takes the lymph fluid to the junction of the lymphatic and venous systems. At this terminus, the lymph fluid enters the venous system and ceases to be called lymph. It is now a blood component.
The role of Lymph Drainage Therapy
As bodyworkers and manual therapists, we can assist the body in the movement of lymph, stimulation of the immune system, and balancing of the autonomic nervous system by utilizing Lymph Drainage Therapy. LDT is a gentle manual therapy developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, DO. Trained therapists are able to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth, and quality of lymph flow.
Utilizing a process called Manual Lymphatic Mapping of the vessels, practitioners can assess the lymphatic circulation, areas of stagnation, and the best alternative pathways for draining lymph and other body fluids. Stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system promotes relaxation and antispasmodic effects, while the constant stimulation of the C-fiber mechanoreceptors contributes to pain inhibitory effects.
There are numerous indications for the application of LDT: activation of fluids; drainage of toxins, macromolecules (proteins), and fatty lipids; stimulation of the immune and parasympathetic systems; and the reduction of pain and muscle spasms. Specific examples include:
- dentistry / orthodontics
- dermatology (rosacea, seborrhea, chronic eczema)
- gastroenterology (constipation, IBS)
- general / metabolic (stress, fatigue, detoxification, chronic pain)
- gynecology (PMS, breast pain from PMS, infertility)
- neurology (headaches, Bell€™s palsy, MS)
- orthopedics (post trauma, sprains, fractures, whiplash, sciatica)
- pre- and post-surgery (preparation prior to surgery; alleviation of swelling, scar tissue, and bruising post-surgery)
Jackie€™s LDT process
In Jackie€™s case, the dental procedures she had experienced€”consisting of root canals and the removal of amalgam fillings€”were performed with insufficient follow-up detoxification therapy. As a result, mercury toxicity and a closed-off infection in the lower jawbone developed. Amazingly it remained dormant for nearly a decade, until her dentist began the process of replacing the resin crowns. The infection was now released.
Jackie was put on antibiotics for more than 21 days; still the infection persisted. She tried other avenues, hoping for a solution. She went to an osteopathic doctor and received Frequency Specific Microcurrent therapy. This reduced the severe nerve pain in the lower jaw. The doctor diagnosed mold and fungus present in the bone and began treating it with Neurolink therapy and essential oils. Jackie also received treatments from another doctor in the forms of Suisse Neural Therapy and chelation therapy. It was at that point that she was referred to me for LDT treatments to help move the chelation through her system.
The initial MLM (Manual Lymphatic Mapping) assessment revealed congestion of the left inferior spinal accessory chain, the jugulodigastric nodes, the subangulomandibular nodes, the parotids, and the left side of the face. Intraoral MLM revealed inflammation and congestion of the jawbone and tissue surrounding both the upper and lower first molars, as well as the inner cheek.
Treatments included LDT protocols for opening the clavicles, thoracic duct, liver, spinal accessory chains, SCM chains, jugulodigastrics, subangulomandibular / mandibular areas, occipitals, parotids, ears, postauriculars, and the superficial face. Intraoral LDT protocols were followed for the entire mouth to include tissue and bone.
The infection in the jaw took seven months to clear completely. To date there are no traces of the mold and fungus in her system. Jackie€™s face has been restored to its normal appearance and function. She is now retired and enjoys working on her horse ranch.
Jackie is a prime example of how we, as bodyworkers and manual therapists, can use Lymph Drainage Therapy to assist the body in the movement of lymph, to stimulate the immune system, and to balance the autonomic nervous system.