Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage is both preventative and remedial with many benefits;

 

  • Deeply relaxing
  • Relieves fluid congestion; swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes; abdominal bloating due to IBS; swollen legs due to pregnancy
  • Controls and manages the effects of Lymphedema and Venous insufficiency
  • Can improve chronic conditions: sinusitus; rheumatoid arthritis; lupus; acne; eczema
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Speeds up the healing process after cosmetic and injury surgery by reducing swelling and easing bruising

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What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)?

Manual Lymphatic drainage is an advanced therapy using gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move
the skin in the direction of the lymph flow. This stimulates the lymphatic system and reduces
lymphedema by encouraging the removal of waste products, toxins and excess fluid from the body's
tissues.

Lymphedema is a chronic lymphatic disease that causes swelling in the body. It can be hereditary (Primary Lymphedema) or it can occur after surgical procedure, infection, radiation or other physical trauma (Secondary lymphedema). In breast Cancer, for example it can appear in the arm on the same side as the cancer, after lymph nodes are removed from the armpit region for cancer staging.

Symptoms of Primary and Secondary lymphoedema include;

 

  • A feeling of achiness or heaviness
  • tightness and stretching of the skin
  • swelling
  • reduced range of motion and movement in the joint
  • discomfort and pain
  • clothing, shoes or jewellwery feeling tighter than usual

 

Lymphedema can be successfully treated and managed with manual lymphatic drainage. Manual Lymphatic drainage stimulates the flow of the lymphatic system to reduce the swelling and strengthen the immune system. The gentle pumping technique helps to move the excess fluid away from the swollen area.

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