Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a safe, effective technique that utilizes slow, rhythmic strokes to increase lymphatic flow. The gentle movements stimulate the lymphatic vessels to contract, which allows more waste products, proteins and excess fluid to be removed from the body’s tissues and into the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is responsible for moving fluid between the tissues and the blood stream and protects the body from infection and disease through the immune response system. MLD has been used to treat dozens of medical and non-medical conditions.
By performing Manual Lymphatic Drainage correctly, we can stimulate the opening of the initial lymphatics and increase the volume of lymphatic flow by as much as 20 times. When one has regular and multiple MLD treatments, the continued stimulation opens up additional pathways, rapidly increasing the flow of lymph. This accelerates healing, while any swelling and bruising resulting from injuries or surgery disappear more rapidly.
At the same time MLD also affects the parasympathetic nervous system, which produces a calming, relaxing effect on the body and mind. Many patients fall asleep during the treatment, and report sleeping extremely well later on.
A Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment usually lasts from 45 minutes to an hour.
MLD Helps the Body Recover From:
Lymphedema (Primary and Secondary)
Lymphedema is a serious medical condition, in which fluid accumulates in a limb or torso due to the lymphatic system being unable to transport the lymph load. Cancer treatment is the most common cause of secondary lymphedema. Lymph node removal, mastectomy or other surgery, radiation, scarring or chemotherapy can disrupt the flow of lymph.
Injuries (broken bones, torn ligaments, sprains, etc.)
- Reduces swelling and bruising
- Prevents and or minimizes adhesions and scar tissue formation
- Reduces pain and inflammation
- Speeds the healing process
- Regenerates broken lymphatic vessels and damaged tissues
Surgeries Pre-Operative MLD (1-2 days before surgery)
- Prepares and detoxifies the tissues to be operated on
- Enhances immune functioning, helps prevent infections and improves healing results
- Promotes relaxation
- Same benefits as injuries
- Special wound and scar treatments accelerates healing and reduces scarring
When you have Lyme disease your body and brain have been compromised from cellular waste from bacteria. When the body is congested with cellular waste, circulation becomes impeded, creating inflammation which can play a contributing role in your specific symptoms. Optimizing the lymphatic system with lymphatic drainage has a direct effect on circulation and improving natural detoxification of cellular waste.
MLD has been shown to be effective in relieving migraines, tension headaches and headaches caused by head trauma/whiplash. Weekly sessions can help reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. Receiving MLD at the first sign of a migraine can prevent full onset of a migraine.
Other conditions that MLD benefits:
- Frequent colds
- Sluggish immune system
(antibiotics, Prednisone, nicotine, etc.)
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Burns and scars
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
- Pregnancy related swelling
What is a session like?
MLD uses very light pressure as lymphatic vessels are superficial, located in the subcutaneous layer of the skin. There are no oils used and the client is draped as in regular massage. The therapist follows the lymphatic pathways, pushing fluid towards the next lymph node station. The movements are slow and tend to induce a deep relaxed state. Afterwards you may feel sleepy and you may have to urinate from the cleansing effects.
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