Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle non-invasive technique which improves the action of the lymphatic system.
Lymphatic vessels form a dense network around the body and most of the capillaries which drain the body’s tissues, laying just under the skin and surrounding important body organs.
The lymphatic system does not have a pump in the same way that our circulatory system does, so it relies on movement to create contraction of the vessel walls. It plays a vital role, aiding the immune system by filtering the waste fluid and works with the circulatory system to deliver oxygen and nutrients.
Many important lymph nodes lay near joints; under the arm, in the groin and behind the knee. When damaged or restricted by injury or surgery these lymph nodes cease to function correctly and the area which drains into them becomes swollen and congested.
Not only does the fluid containing toxins fail to escape, but the area also becomes deprived of oxygen and nutrients which are important in the healing process. The added tension from swelling often results in further pain and discomfort. Needless to say, this just creates a vicious circle.
Technique & Conditions
The manual lymphatic drainage technique, employs gentle rhythmical movements which stimulate the contraction of the lymphatic vessels. The treatment is incredibly useful when treating ligament, tendon and muscle injuries or during rehabilitation after surgery.
Patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia seem to respond well to lymphatic drainage massage.
Muscle tension and contracture knots lose their vicious cycle when the lymphatic drainage to the area is restored.
Skin conditions such as acne and eczema as well as stretch marks and scarring can be improved and the technique is widely employed following cosmetic surgery.
MLD is often necessary for patients who have had lymph glands damaged or removed during surgery.
Surgeons often refer patients to us for Manual Lymphatic Drainage following surgical procedures and liposuction.
The relaxing nature of the technique makes it suitable for those who suffer from tension and stress.
Conditions that can be helped by manual lymphatic drainage
- Acne / skin congestion / Scleroderma / Eczema and other skin conditions
- Arthritic conditions
- Frequent infections
- Headaches / Migraine
- Liposuction procedures
- Muscle tension / strains
- Pain (chronic)
- Post Surgery
- Sinus problems
- Swollen ankles and legs
- Wounds / Stretch marks / Burns / Scarring