Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, rhythmical flowing massage treatment performed by a specially trained massage therapist to stimulate the circulation of lymph fluid around the body.
This helps to rapidly speed up the removal of wastes and toxins from a sluggish lymphatic system.
What is the Lymphatic System?
An efficient lymphatic system helps to defend your body as it collects waste fluid from the tissues of your body and drains the fluid into specific regions of your body such as your armpits and groin where there is a concentration of lymph nodes, which is then purified and returned to the blood stream – keeping you healthy.
The lymph nodes contain lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) and antibodies to protect against bacteria, viruses and fungi build up, removes toxins and waste products, and reduces swelling all of which may potentially increase the risk of infection.
Why Lymphatic Drainage?
Lymphatic massage aims to increase the efficiency of your lymphatic and circulatory system, by reducing the volume of retained fluid and the pressure associated, and increases the capacity to rapidly move out retained fluids and any toxic waste build ups.
Common causes of a suppressed lymph system can stem from poor diet, digestive disorders and stress, which MLD can have a great impact, providing a major boost to your immune system.
Lymphatic Massage is particularly beneficial with physical trauma, aiding in the prevention of swelling after injury or surgery.
Some of the conditions that may benefit from lymphatic drainage massage include:
- Swollen limbs due to fluid retention, particularly pre or post-surgery.
- Post-mastectomy or breast cancer treatment.
- Fibromyalgia, Lupus and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
- Depression, Anxiety and Hormonal / Emotional Imbalances
- Cellulite fat accumulation.
- Recurrent infections such as colds, flu, tonsillitis, sinus & yeast infections.
What to Expect with Lymphatic Massage Treatment
Lymphatic massage sessions range from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the condition, and if treating two or more limbs, we recommend a 90 minute consultation initially.
A Myotherapist or Remedial Massage Therapist with specific training will perform a thorough history & understanding of your condition to ascertain how to effectively treat your specific condition.
Lymphatic massage is performed on a massage table with adequate draping and oil may or may not be used. Lymphatic massage should not be painful. At the completion of your massage it may be recommended that compression bandaging and or garments be applied.
Your lymphatic drainage massage therapists will guide you for your follow up care based on how you respond to the massage and their experience.
We hope we can help to relieve the uncomfortable and often debilitating effects of swelling from lymphedema and other ailments as discussed.