Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)?

MLD is a proven, gentle, hands-on therapy that reduces swelling and pain, speeds healing and improves mobility. It is a very light, pulsing or pumping massage which has a lulling, relaxing effect on the nervous system. It increases the flow of lymph through the body resulting in detoxification and the reduction of swelling and fluid retention. MLD is a great way to help the body to help itself.

lymph1What is the function of the lymphatic system?

Its main function is detox­i­fi­ca­tion, but it also plays an impor­tant role in immu­nity.

How does it work?

When your body is damaged in some way (e.g. through disease, trauma or surgery) you experience swelling, inflammation and pain.

Like a rubbish truck on its route, your lymphatic system picks up waste, bacteria and cell debris (or rubbish) and ensures they are disposed of through normal body functions. When damage happens that process is slowed and sometimes even stopped.

The lymphatic system is responsible for handling and neutralizing toxins and wastes created from food, pollution and our own body’s daily cellular activities. It also helps transport immune cells.

MLD can increase the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times, vastly increasing the system’s ability to remove toxins.

Skin cross-section- for articleWhat is Lymph? What are Lymph vessels and nodes?

Lymph is a fluid containing white blood cells and fluid that lies between the body tissue. It enters the lymphatic system (which consists of lymph vessels and lymph nodes) and finally empties into the blood. The Lymphatic system is a circulatory system that is linked with the cardiovascular system.

The lymphatic vessels contain valves, directing the flow in one direction (toward the heart). Along its path are lymphatic nodes (e.g. at the neck, armpits, groin etc). When the fluid reaches these nodes, infections, and other foreign materials are destroyed. The drained lymph then continues its flow.

There is no ‘heart’ to pump the lymph, so muscular movement is required to move it.

Who can benefit from Lymphatic Drainage Therapy?

MLD is an effective therapy for oedema and pain management for a wide range of health issues. MLD can be beneficial in helping :

  • Reduce swelling from injuries, trauma or surgeries.
  • Relieve chronic inflammation and conditions such as acne, eczema and allergies.
  • Detoxification of the body.
  • Relieve chronic pain (as sometimes it is the trapped fluid in the muscles that are causing the pain).
  • Reduce symptoms of conditions such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, sinusitis and concussion.
  • Reduce swelling from Lymphedema (in post cancer treatment).

 What might be expected from a Lymphatic Drainage treatment?

 A full consultation relating to health status, goals, expectations as well as medical history and physical examination will be completed. Based on this assessment a treatment plan will be developed and discussed. Treatment plans are specific to each case and individual.

Treatment sessions are usually one-hour long. The amount of sessions is determined by your health goals and condition.

 

 

 

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