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The Lymphatic System's Role in Fibromyalgia

Updated: Mar 26

Ease into Comfort: Lymphatic Solutions for Fibromyalgia
Ease into Comfort: Lymphatic Solutions for Fibromyalgia

Living with fibromyalgia can be an overwhelming and challenging experience. The chronic pain, fatigue, and myriad symptoms associated with this condition often leave individuals searching for effective treatment options. While the causes of fibromyalgia are still not fully understood, we have found remarkable success in managing this condition by focusing on a lesser-known aspect of our body’s physiology—the lymphatic system.

Understand: Toxins & Fibromyalgia:

Simply put, the lymphatic system filters out waste. It is made up of a complex network of vessels, nodes, and organs that work together to remove toxins, excess fluids, and prevent waste buildup in our bodies. This is a crucial component of our immune system, as it is instrumental in keeping foreign pollutants in check and is an early line of defense in fighting off infections. However, when the lymphatic system becomes compromised, it can lead to a range of health issues that do not appear on the surface to be linked with immunity. In our practice, we have observed the lymphatic system to have an invaluable role, though often overlooked, in the progression of fibromyalgia in our patients. Further buildup of toxins in the body will incite and exacerbate inflammation, so our move is to gently start to remove those toxins without pharmaceuticals. Lymphatic vessels rely on muscle contractions and movement to facilitate the flow of fluid throughout the body. Patients with fibromyalgia are often in intense pain most of the time, which is of course not conducive to to healthy movement and exercise habits. Muscle dysfunction and reduced mobility can hinder the proper functioning of the lymphatic system, leading to a buildup of toxins and metabolic waste. Physical movement is necessary to properly stimulate internal movement. To compensate for this sedentary tendency, we recommend consistent breathwork.

Incorporate: Movement & Breathwork:

Breathwork is incredibly effective in combating the affects of fibromyalgia.  Deep breathing encourages the movement of the diaphragm, which acts as a pump for lymphatic fluid, jump starting its circulatory qualities and initiating the necessary removal of toxins. Incorporating deep breathing techniques into daily routines can have a positive impact on both physical and mental well-being. If the client is able, we also recommend incorporating low-impact exercises, stretching, and gentle aerobic activities into their lifestyle. These promote muscle contractions and stimulate lymphatic flow. Slow, engaging activities like yoga, tai chi, or even swimming can help improve circulation, alleviate pain, and reduce inflammation associated with fibromyalgia.

Detox: Herbal & Mineral Balance:

In addition to movement and breathwork, we pay attention to the body's mineral balance, as this can affect our levels of pain. We may send patients home herbal supplements for maintaining a proper balance of minerals which will develop optimal lymphatic system function. Our favorite for lymphatic disorder as it relates to pain management is Manjistha. Manjistha is made form the roots of rubia cordifola, a member of the coffee family that grows in Southeast Asia. Rubia cordifola is known for its lymphatic cleansing and detoxifying properties. As it cleanses the body, the lymphatic system is able to improve. We then see circulation working properly again, helping reverse any stagnation, reduce inflammation, support liver function, and reduce pain. We also pay attention to helping our fibromyalgia clients maintain a proper balance of minerals is essential for supporting the lymphatic system’s filtration process. Adequate intake of minerals like potassium, magnesium, and zinc can help optimize lymphatic function, ensuring effective detoxification and waste elimination from the body. Our massage therapists also offer massages geared toward lymphatic cleansing. These involve a very gentle touch, which is all it takes to get the lymphatic system stimulates. As the system begins to flow more smoothly, the body begins its detoxification process. Because they help the system detox and remove waste, lymphatic massages can be very helpful in reducing pain, improving sleep quality, reducing anxiety, and reducing inflammation.


When it comes to managing fibromyalgia, taking a holistic approach that targets the lymphatic system can yield remarkable results. In our clinic, we have seen dramatic changes in clients who focused on lymphatic health, importance of movement, breath work, herbal supplementation, and proper mineral balance. Our mission is to help reduce your pain and improve your life in the cleanest, easiest way we know how. We can work together to combat your complicated health issues.

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