Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Lymphatic drainage is a manual technique that our physiotherapists use to help reduce swelling and improve overall health. The lymphatic system plays a key role in the body’s immune system, and can therefore be used to treat a variety of health conditions.
Who is manual lymphatic drainage for?
- Sports injuries
- Swelling of a limb: pre or post-surgery
- Heavy legs sensation due to fluid retention
- Pregnant women
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Fibromyalgia & lupus
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Depression & anxiety
- Hormonal & emotional imbalances
- Cellulite fat accumulation
What is manual lymphatic drainage?
The lymphatic system is a circulatory system around the body that removes toxins from tissues. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle massage technique that is used to stimulate the lymph vessels and encourage them to remove waste products from the area of injury or pain.
The hands are used to rhythmically move the waste products under the skin towards the lymph nodes where these toxins are removed from lymph circulation.
MLD also helps to reduce tension on your body’s fascia, the fibrous tissue that encloses your muscles and organs. There are several benefits to this type of waste removal:
- Reducing pain, inflammation, swelling, and bruising
- Decreasing scar tissue
- Improving range of motion
- Decreasing overall healing time
- Increasing energy levels
What can you expect from manual lymphatic drainage?
Your therapist will work their way up from your feet using very light pressure, as well as long, gentle, rhythmic strokes and soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes.
The main lymph nodes are in the neck, armpits, and groin. Remember that MLD should not be painful and massage oil may or may not be used.
You may also be provided with some tips on exercises and self-massage that will continue to support the lymphatic drainage process.