What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage, often referred to as MLD, is a gentle relaxing non-invasive manual therapeutic technique. It uses light circular and rhythmic hand movements designed to specifically to assist the Lymphatic system. These techniques assist with the natural drainage process of the lymph fluid. This relaxing therapy supports the function of the lymphatic system.
What is the difference between MLD and Massage?
MLD is not a muscular massage. It is very light and profoundly powerful work. Because the pressure is very light the session is extremely relaxing. In order to provide an effective treatment MLD is applied to bare skin with no oils. Treatment consists of applying the light circular and rhythmic hand movements in a specific manner. This technique needs to gently stretch the skin and underlying lymph vessel walls. MLD is based on scientific physiological principals that encourage lymph flow. These techniques can be used within a massage or in an individual lymphatic session.
Conditions assisted by MLD:
- Post surgery healing
- Deep burn healing
- Toxin or Lymphatic System overload: created by medications, poor diet, environment, high stress, dehydration, and sedentary life style.
- Increasing Relaxation
- Primary Lymphadema: a rare, inherited condition caused by problems with the development of lymph vessels in your body.
- Secondary Lymphadema: Any condition or procedure that damages lymph nodes or lymph vessels.
- Radiation treatment for cancer
For those diagnosed with primary or secondary Lymphadema and who have completed the intensive treatment phase of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) and are in the maintenance phase I am a fully Certified Lymphadema Therapist and can provide the MLD treatments specific to your needs.
Lymphology Association of North America: LANA https://www.clt-lana.org/
Manual Lymphatic Drainage UK (MLD UK) http://www.mlduk.org.uk/therapy/
Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) http://www.vodder-school.co.uk/about/