We are all surrounded by information about Lyme Disease. How to prevent exposure by using DEET containing products, wearing long pants and light colored clothing. How to prevent ticks from latching on by taking showers quickly after spending time outside, do an invasive tick check, tumble clothes in a dryer after wearing them outside. How to remove ticks by using a pair of fine tipped tweezers and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible pulling upward with steady pressure.
But what do you DO when you begin not feeling well? How do you KNOW if it is Lyme Disease? Sometimes you do not see the tick. Rashes do not always appear. Symptoms are not always the same from person to person, from day to day. There are also multiple co-infections from ticks, not just Lyme Disease! It can be more than fatigue, fevers, headaches, and joint pain. It can also include memory loss, nerve pain, heart palpitations, libido issues and depression. The overworked immune system causes the classic sign of an infection – swollen glands. Our lymph system extends all over our body just like our blood vessels, but unlike our circulatory system, the Lymph System has no pump to help when it becomes overworked and sluggish. When fighting infections such as Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses, it can become quite exhausted trying to filter out the bacteria and cause even more intense symptoms.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy drains stagnant fluids, regenerates tissues, filters out toxins and foreign substances and helps one strengthen and maintain a healthy immune system. My clinical experience with Lyme patients has shown me that Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is particularly useful to help rid the body of the neurotoxins that dying spirochetes release. Lyme causes a sluggish lymph system which stirs up the toxins and keeps them in the system. These neurotoxins can cause chronic fatigue, Lupus, MS and Alzheimer’s disease.
I personally experienced the shift that strengthened my body enough to finally rid itself of the Lyme symptoms. I had been on both antibiotic treatment and a homeopathic protocol for six months. My symptoms were in control but anytime I tried to wean myself off of the medications, my symptoms would return. I was unable to rid myself of Lyme Disease. I had gotten to the point where my body was no longer tolerating the antibiotics well and didn’t know where to turn. One of my colleagues did Lymphatic Drainage on my brain. That night, I woke up in a pool of sweat then felt very cold. The next day I finally began to feel better. My health had shifted and was able to rid my body of the symptoms. I am currently treating a patient who has suffered chronic fatigue due to Lyme. After getting him to a Lyme literate doctor (LLMD) and on antibiotic treatment, we began Lymphatic Drainage Sessions. After our first Lymph Drainage Therapy session, he finally experienced relief of the chronic fatigue that had gripped him for months since his ordeal began. He is finally feeling much better and ready to resume his life again.
There are many Lyme patients who would like to incorporate other modes of treatment with antibiotics to relieve symptoms and boost their immune system. This is a great addition to antibiotic treatment. If you have questions about Lyme Disease, need help finding an LLMD or want to learn more about Lymphatic Drainage and how it helps, please feel free to contact me. I am happy to help you on a path to wellness!
Liz Ingalls, MA, PT, CST is a Licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Craniosacral Therapist who has been practicing for nineteen years. With advanced skills in orthopedic and osteopathic manipulation, neuromeningeal mobilization, nerve mobilization, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, energy medicine, manual thermal diagnosis, emotional integration/release, lymphatic drainage, clinical expertise in differential diagnostics, experience, and intuitive ability, she will give you the best of both worlds. Her strength is integrating conventional medicine with complementary and alternative techniques to treat you as a whole person. She can be contacted at at Acker House, 139 grand street, Croton on Hudson, NY 10520. 914-261-1060, [email protected], www.holisticphysicaltherapyny.com.