MANUAL LYMPH DRAINAGE
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle manual therapy which encourages proper movement of the fluids in the tissues of the body. Using a rhythmic, circular motion the therapist helps move accumulated fluid along the delicate, lymph vessels to return to the blood stream where it can be filtered and recycled. Along the way the nodes will help filter the fluid and perform immune function to help kill viruses, bacteria and other threatening cells.
MLD, also called lymphatic massage, has more than 30 years of research behind it and is often prescribed by physicians in Europe for many conditions. MLD training is very focussed on the gentle pumping actions and a therapist must learn the layout and work with the lymph pathways in the body.
Some of the benefits of MLD:
o Removal of excess fluid, metabolic wastes, bacteria and foreign substances from the tissues.
o Supports immune function
o Can help alleviate pain by reducing pain signals sent to the brain.
o Helps reduce stress by relaxing the sympathetic nervous system.
o Supports healing from injury, surgery, chronic conditions and edema.
o Helps minimize scar formation
MLD treats many conditions, a short list includes but is not limited to:
o Lymphedema - caused by damage to or malformation of the lymph system - sometimes as a side effect of cancer treatment
o Skin conditions such as acne and eczema
o Swelling from strain, sprains, muscle and ligament tears
o Swelling from fractures