Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Sometimes illness, injury or surgery can interrupt the natural flow of the lymphatic system
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
While the heart pumps blood through the veins, the lymphatic system pumps lymphatic fluids around the body. The lymphatic system relies on the movement of muscles to transport fluid through the lymph vessels. The lymph fluid transports proteins around the body and toxins out of the body.
Sometimes illness, injury or surgery can interrupt the natural flow of the lymphatic system, causing swelling or in extreme cases, lymphedema. This is where manual lymphatic drainage can help.
A manual lymphatic session includes gentle stimulation of the healthy nodes closest to the area of swelling. With slow stretching of the skin, the fluid is then pushed towards the healthy nodes. There it can then drain out of the body as normal.
The technique is very relaxing. However, large areas of the body can take time. It is recommended to book a session 60 minutes or longer for your first appointment. Then make a plan with your therapist for future treatments. Lymphatic drainage is good for autoimmune conditions. It is also good for conditions where regular massage is contraindicated. Patients can have MLD immediately after surgery. Therefore it is a great way to reduce swelling, bruising and improve healing outcomes.
Lymphatic drainage massage can benefit people who are experiencing the following:
- swelling or oedema
- skin conditions
- digestive problems
- migraine episodes
- sluggish immune system
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