What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle massage technique that helps to rid the body of painful swelling. MLD practitioners use their hands to manually move lymph through the body when the lymphatic system is unable to do so on its own. This is a special technique that requires additional training in a certificate program.

What is the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system is an intricate part of the immune system. It is made up of vessels and tissues that work together to get rid of old and foreign cells, and access fluids that accumulate in body tissues. It plays an important part in Immunity and Healing.

Who can benefit from Lymphatic Drainage?

Post-op cosmetic patients need lymphatic drainage after massage. During Cosmetic surgery, the lymphatic system can become sluggish so it does not get rid of lymph fast enough. Manual lymphatic drainage can move lymph for you. If MLD is not done during the healing process painful swelling and fibrosis are likely to occur.

Cancer Patients benefit from Lymphatic drainage. Cancer patients have a high amount of toxins in the body due to cancer treatments. The lymphatic system can become slow because of an overstressed lymph load. MLD can help by manually moving the lymph along and increasing the flow of lymph. Manual lymphatic drainage also helps the immune system. Research shows that cancer patients who received MLD showed greater relief of pain, nausea, and fatigue.

Rheumatic and Other Conditions like Fibromyalgia, Lupus, arthritis, Chronic inflammation, and lymphedema also benefit from Lymphatic Drainage.

Post-op orthopedic Surgery can benefit from manual lymphatic drainage. After surgery, the lymphatic system sends lymph to the area of surgery to bring in cells that are needed for healing. After surgery, it can be harder to move due to pain. Unfortunately, without movement, lymph can stay in one area for too long causing chronic inflammation in the area. Manual lymphatic drainage helps to move lymph and decrease some of that pain and swelling.

Is MLD Painful?

MLD after cosmetic surgery can be slightly uncomfortable. However, it should not be painful.

Does MLD include draining my incisions?

No! MLD is not wound drainage and should never be included in a massage. Your Doctor or a Licensed Nurse should be the only professionals dealing with your incisions. You should always seek assistance from trained professionals. This includes MLD by a Licensed Massage therapist Certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

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