Massage has been used as therapy for millennia, and there are many types of massage offered in today’s world. While most people are familiar with the arteries and veins that carry vital blood and nutrients to and from the organs and tissues, few understand there is another equally vital system of vessels referred to as the lymphatic system, which removes cellular waste products from the spaces between the cells and then filters and cleans them. This network of delicate vessels and lymph nodes is a primary structure of the immune system. The lymph vessels filter the fluid (called lymph) and serve as the home for lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are cells that attack and destroy foreign bacteria and viruses and even abnormal cells, like cancer cells. When the lymph system works well, we feel healthy and have a strong defense against illness. When it’s sluggish or blocked, as it can be after surgery or an injury, if you get sick, or if you regularly eat or drink food that is bad for your system, the result may be that you have swelling, feel tired, and are more susceptible to colds and infections.

Dr. Suzan Starler, D.C. offers a customized form of bodywork, referred to as Synergy® massage. Synergy massage is a relaxing, effective form of lymphatic massage which helps to clear sluggish tissues of waste and swelling. The Synergy® massage system is an FDA approved device which helps to decrease the appearance of cellulite, increase lymphatic drainage, improve circulation, and smooth and tighten the skin. Clinically, Dr. Suzan has found that when combined with proper diet and lifestyle, regular treatments also contribute to patient’s overall health and feeling of well being.

Lymph vessels are found throughout the body, and most of them are located just below the skin. These vessels work to pick up fluids between the cell spaces when gentle pressure is applied to them via the Synergy® vacuum massage system. By using very light pressures in a rhythmic motions, the lymph system is stimulated to work more efficiently. Additionally, freeing the lymphatic system of accumulated waste can help retrain the lymph system to work better for more long-term health benefits.

Dr. Suzan understands that you have a choice when it comes to seeking care. She has been practicing since 1993, and one of her specialties is physical rehabilitation. Dr. Suzan believes that the patient should be proactive in their care, and that they should be taught how to take care of themselves. Nothing makes her happier then when she receives a call from a patient who says, “I’m doing everything that you taught me how to do, and I still feel great. There’s just this one little thing that I need help with today.” That’s a successful patient; they have been provided with tools to take care of themselves, and they know when they need a little extra help. That’s what Dr. Suzan hopes to provide to all her patients

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