Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a specialised form of touch movement to aid in the movement and flow of lymph fluid. The lymphatic system has vessels and capillaries like the circulatory system carrying cellular debris and nutrients throughout the body. However, unlike the circulatory system it does not have a heart to pump contents through the body. Therefore, it relies on muscle contraction and movement to push fluid through the body to maintain equilibrium. Manual lymphatic drainage massage can be used as an adjunct to a health detoxification program or as an ongoing therapy for conditions of the lymphatic system.
It supports the immune system, the skin and everything in between.
How can it help me?
The list of benefits from Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage is extensive and includes:
Reduction of inflammatory acne.Reduction of fluid retention.Reduce pain and pressure associated with sinusitis and tonsilitis. To improve healing outcomes following surgery or injury.Increase detoxification and reduce the feeling of sluggishness.Encourage fluid movement from lymphoedema affected limbs.Relaxation and stress relieving.
Further indications for MLD:
- Acute inflammation
- Scar Therapy
- Alleviates pain through the gate control theory
- Pre-surgery preparation
- Removal of lymph nodes
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
MLD is light like a feather but has an effect on a cellular level.
The frequency and amount of treatments will depend on the condition treated. Manual lymphatic drainage can be performed immediately pre and post surgery up to twice per day for acute conditions. Generally 1-3 times per week is suitable for many conditions.