Treating Water Retention With Massage Therapy

drops-of-water-578897_640Do you suffer from water retention? Our bodies contain a network of vessels that are designed to drain fluid from nearby tissue, flushing it back into the bloodstream. Known as the lymphatic system, it plays a key role in the our bodies ability to regulate internal fluid levels. But it’s not uncommon for the lymphatic system to become overwhelmed or experience other issues that inhibit its ability to perform this task.

The good news is that most cases of water retention are minor and pose no serious risk to a person’s health. With that said, it can still trigger some pretty unpleasant symptoms. Some of the most commonly reported symptoms of fluid retention include the following:

  • Swollen feet and/or ankles
  • Body aches
  • Stiff joints
  • Sudden fluctuations in weight
  • Pressing against the skin may cause it to “indent” for a short period of time.

There’s a simple way to promote a healthy lymphatic system while treating the effects of water retention: massage therapy. A professional massage therapist can manipulate both your tissue and lymphatic vessels, encouraging excess fluid to drain. It’s a safe and effective way to treat water retention without medication.

If you’ve ever had a professional massage before, you may recall the feeling of needing to urinate afterwards. This feeling is attributed to its effect on the lymphatic system. Massage therapy helps mobilize fluid through the lymphatic system so it can drain more easily. As a result, many people feel the sudden urge to urinate after having a massage. This is completely normal and even beneficial, as it flushes toxins and waste from your body.

In addition to massage therapy, there are few other solutions to help water retention. For starters, you should limit your consumption of salty, sodium-rich foods. The average American consumes roughly 3,400 mg of sodium per day, which is more than twice the amount recommended by the US Food and Drug Administration. Sodium is a key nutrient that our bodies require to stay healthy, but consuming an excessive amount may cause your body to retain water.

Staying active may also discourage your body from retaining water. Strive for a minimum of 30 minutes of medium-intensity aerobic exercise per day. This combined with a low-sodium diet and massage therapy will allow your body to flush fluids more easily.


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