What is the lymphatic system? It’s common knowledge that the circulatory system distributes blood throughout the body. But few are aware that the lymphatic system is responsible for keeping fluids flowing in the body.The lymphatic system is a slow-moving network of fine vessels or ducts responsible for removing excess fluid, toxins, waste, and dead blood cells from the tissue, while also delivering nutrients, oxygen and hormones to the cells of the tissue. Blockages in this system are responsible for many of the ailments.Without this proper movement, the body’s immune system can seriously suffer. When performed by a skilled practitioner, Manual Lymphatic Drainage is the go-to restorative and correctional therapy for those suffering from a damaged lymphatic system.
What is a Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) treatment like?
Manual Lymph Drainage should not be confused with a massage. MLD is a rhythmic and repetitive process that requires the patience and concentration of the therapist.
MLD therapists’ hands don’t slide on the skin, they gently stretch it. Light, gentle strokes are used to help guide excess fluid toward the nearest group of lymph nodes, where particles are filtered and substances are removed before the lymph finally empties into the veins.
The treatment must be performed bare skin, with no oil. Draping of clients according to established industry guidelines is practiced. You can expect an increased need to urinate soon after a treatment and for several hours thereafter, as excess fluids that were moved from the tissues are now ready to be excreted as urine. We recommend that you drink water after an MLD session to replenish fluids mobilized during this treatment.
What are the benefits of MLD?
MLD renews, nourishes, strengthens and regenerates the cells, removes waste production, relaxes the nerves system and boosts the immune system.
It also prevents and remedies many chronic conditions eg:
- Pain-joint swelling, muscle pain, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, migraine, chronic headaches
- Skin-acne and other dermatological conditions
- Fluid retention
- Respiratory conditions
- Immune conditions
- Digestive conditions
MLD is also used for:
- Post plastic surgery
- Post operation inflammation
- Post trauma
- Prevention of lymphedema
- Treatment of lipoedema and phleboedema