Thursday, January 12, 2017

3 Quick Neck Exercises to Increase Lymphatic Flow in the Face

Neck Exercises to Increase Lymphatic Flow in the Face


by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

As a Board Certified Massage Therapist practicing in San Diego, I see men and women who are looking to reduce that tight feeling that is caused by swelling after plastic surgery - but people who have not had facial plastic surgery can still help their lymphatic system with a manual lymphatic drainage treatment or self-MLD. I recommend the following exercises for improving lymphatic flow in the neck and face. Please consult with your doctor if you have had neck problems or before beginning any new exercise program.

 I recommend the following exercises for improving lymphatic flow in the neck and face:

Ear to Shoulder - In a seated position with relaxed shoulders, bend the head to the side, exhaling and stretching your neck so that your ear is as close to the shoulder as comfortable. Inhale and return head to an upright postion and repeat on the other side. 

Look to the Side - In a seated position with relaxed shoulders, inhale while turning the head to the side, being careful to keep the chin from tipping upward. Exhale and turn the head all the way to the other side, then inhale to return the head to center. 

Look Up and Down - In a seated position with relaxed shoulders, inhale while looking up toward the ceiling. Open the mouth a little to make the position more comfortable, then exhale and look down toward the ground. Inhale and return the head to center.  

All of the lymphatic fluid in the face drains into the neck. Having proper lymphatic flow in the neck is essential for a healthy lymphatic system in the face, and these simple exercises done a few times a day can stimulate lymphatic flow in the neck. 

Shoosh Lettick Crotzer has a complete full body 'lymphatic flow' gentle exercise video here: 

2 comments:

  1. Hi Kathleen! Great stuff and this helps so many patients. I have so many patients that I am consulting after lymph node removal in the neck. I'll be posting this on my blog. Keep up the passion Kathleen and thanks so much. Hello to my old home state California. Take good care and all good things, Mo

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    1. Thanks for letting me know. I hope it helps them!

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