Autonomic Nervous System


Controlling the Autonomic Nervous System with

Lymphatic Therapy

The Autonomic Nervous system consists of the Parasympathetic and Sympathetic Nervous System.  “Sympathetic On” makes the body react under stress producing the fight or flight response.  This response helps the body deal with emergencies by releasing hormones, into the blood stream causing a number of physiological effects such as: increasing the heart rate, dilating the pupils, constricting blood vessels, and inhibiting digestion.  The fight or flight response initiated by the sympathetic nervous system is critical in our survival and is very effective in increasing our ability to defend ourselves or to escape from dangerous situations.



Acadiana Lymphatic Center, Autonomic Nervous System
Acadiana Lymphatic System,ParaSympathetic On
Acadiana Lymphatic Center, Flexors/Extensor

However, in cases  of chronic “mental” stress or chronic illness, the sympathetic nervous system remains active, suppressing the parasympathetic nervous system which is the rest, relax and digestive system of the ANS.  The sympathetic mode creates an unhealthy state in the body and can lead to many disorders and symptoms associated with chronic stress or illness. 

At the beginning of each Lymphatic Drainage session at Acadiana Lymphatic Center we align the body from the cranium to the sacrum.  Then we use the Vodder Lymphatic Drainage technique, which consists of a very gentle rhythmic skin treatment.  This skin treatment accelerates and enhances the flow of lymphatic fluid.  This Lymph flow causes an extremely powerful soothing effect on the sensitive nerve endings of the dominant Sympathetic system.  After the alignment of the body and lymphatic drainage the body is now in parasympathetic mode.  Because, of the rest, relax and mainly good digestion, the body is in a better place to heal.  Through this process the Autonomic Nervous System is rebalanced. 


We have been performing a case study on the affect of Kinesio Tape to sustain the body in the correct posture, which will enable the body to maintain “parasympathetic on”.