What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a specialized massage technique designed to stimulate the lymphatic system and promote the natural drainage of lymph fluid from the tissues. The lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels, nodes, and organs that plays a vital role in maintaining immune function, fluid balance, and waste removal in the body. MLD is a gentle and rhythmic massage method that can help improve lymphatic circulation and has a range of potential therapeutic benefits.
MLD is performed by trained therapists who use light, rhythmic, and specific hand movements. These movements are typically in the direction of lymph flow, which is toward the lymph nodes. The technique involves gentle stretching and compressing of the skin to encourage the movement of lymph fluid.
MLD is indicated for many…including healthy individuals wanting to boost their immune system or those with (but not limited to) the following conditions:
- Autoimmune diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome)
- Varicose veins
- Lyme disease
- Pre and post-surgical procedures (such as knee replacement, hip replacement, facial surgery)
- Chronic venous insufficiency
Although MLD is beneficial to a number of conditions, it is not for everybody. For some patients, a treating physician’s consent may be required. The conditions include:
- Congestive Heart failure
- Kidney disorders
- Acute inflammation or infection, and malignancies
To schedule a Manual Lymphatic Drainage session or discuss MLD as an option, please contact us here.
**A couple of points to remember when booking your Manual Lymphatic Drainage session: Make sure you schedule at a time that you are able to go home and rest for the remainder of the day. Also, it is not recommended that you come after a big meal. The deep abdominal work can get uncomfortable right after lunch. **