Manual Lymphatic Drainage
If you’re feeling sluggish, tired, or notice some puffiness, Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) may be right for you. It is a gentle manual treatment designed to enhance the performance of the lymphatic system, which is responsible for removing waste from the body. Lymphatic drainage is great practice for reducing swelling, relieving fatigue, or helping the body detox. Although commonly referred to as a type of massage, MLD is very different from traditional massages that you may have experienced before that use kneading or deep pressure. An MLD treatment is much gentler and has an analgesic effect. MLD relaxes your heart rate, blood flow, and respiratory rate. Additionally MLD promotes the movement of fluid and waste products out of the body which helps to detox faster.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage for Lymphedema
For those with lymphedema, Manual Lymphatic Drainage is an essential part of your Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). CDT is known around the world as an effective, non-invasive way to treat lymphedema. As a Certified Lymphatic Therapist, I will use gentle strokes and techniques to reroute the excess lymph to healthy lymph nodes, thereby enhancing your lymphatic system and reducing swelling. Other indications for MLD include post-surgery and sports injuries, or if you have lymphedema related to treatment for cancer. MLD will reroute lymph flow from blocked areas to functional areas. An MLD session will stimulate the lymphatic system by increasing lymphatic circulation. Waste removal is then expedited and swelling is reduced. That reduction in swelling improves mobility and decreases pain. MLD is also used to promote relaxation and to detox skin and superficial fascia.
Regardless of which applies to you, a manual lymphatic drainage session will leave you feeling relaxed refreshed, and more calm. Call for your appointment now and take a moment to care for you.