The weather is definitely cooling down (a lot!) and the days are getting shorter, many of us instinctively retreat indoors more, crank the heaters, pull out the bed socks and indulge in delicious, heavy, warming winter comfort foods. Unfortunately, many of us will also at some point fall victim to the draining, day-ruining oh so common, oh so inconvenient cold.

While usually not life-threatening obviously this can put a real dampener on life and leave us sniffling, coughing, confined to the couch watching day time TV with Kleenex unceremoniously shoved up our nostrils.

I’m sure most of you are aware of the usual helpful things we can do to hasten recovery; rest, fluids etc but you may not have considered visiting your Myotherapist for a Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment.

Dr. Andrew Arnold from Cranbourne Family Chiropractic adds, ‘Our lymphatic system is responsible for the removal of toxins from our body, our joints act as pumps that push fluid containing toxins (lymph) towards the “Terminus” which is near the heart and where these toxins are flushed from our bloodstream.’

When we are sick with a cold our lymph nodes can be blocked with excess fluid which can be painful, we also tend to be exercising and moving less which makes it harder for the body to drain this fluid naturally. Blocked sinuses in our face can even cause headaches.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a light, specific, targeted massage which helps drain this fluid build up which can help us feel better and recover quicker! This treatment is also very beneficial if you have an injury that has caused swelling.

So hopefully with proper nutrition and a bit of luck, you will avoid the dreaded cold this winter but if you are unfortunate enough to succumb give your Myotherapist a call to help expedite your bounce back to full health!

This article was prepared by Lauren Gould, past Myotherapist at Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre,; Tel: 03 5998 4554.

Category: Myotherapy

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