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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

The Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage Explained



You can use Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) for lymphoedema and injury recovery, after surgery, to reduce swelling, promote healing throughout the body, and support improved immune function.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage It is important early on to establish the principle that MLD is NOT massage, because sometimes there is confusion among therapists and patients about exactly what MLD really is. MLD is a type of gentle skin movement which is designed to encourage the natural circulation of the lymph through the body from just under the skin. The lymph system depends on clear channels and ducts to flow freely, and certain areas are prone to blockage during times of injury (accidental or by surgery) or illness.

In its simplest form, you could imagine the lymph system in terms of household services. Your blood is like the pipes that bring water flowing around your house. And your lymph system is like the waste system taking away the dirty water for treatment and processing. What do you think would happen if you had no waste system in your house? That's right, your living space would soon become dirty, disease ridden, putrid, and ultimately you would most likely succumb to a terminal illness. Your blood too, delivers water, oxygen and nutrients to all areas of the body, and the lymph system takes away the waste. So your lymph system is of equal importance, in terms of your survival, as your blood supply.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage The main aim of Manual Lymphatic Drainage is to move excess fluid away from a swollen area toward a less swollen area, so that the swollen area is under less pressure and can maybe function more effectively in the short term, or to give the body time to make repairs to the area that is swollen and not draining properly. In order to be effective in this regard, it is important to use the right technique, as charging in with heavy or strong massage, often makes the problem worse, not better. MLD is particularly useful if there is swelling in the face, arms, breast, abdomen, genitals, legs, or elsewhere on the body.

People from all walks of life can have problems with Lymphedema (also spelled lymphoedema) at certain times. It is especially beneficial for people who regularly suffer from colds, flu, headaches and migraines, general aches and pains, fatigue and stress, and anytime when the natural healing abilities of our bodies aren't working at their top efficiency.

It is also beneficial for people who live a sedentary lifestyle, either at home or at the office. For those who have problems with swollen joints or swelling of individual limbs; an arm or a leg. There may be a medical reason why someone has uncontrolled swelling, or it may be the result of injury or overuse.

Using Manual Lymphatic Drainage for Sport
When used in sport, MLD is constructive in improving the metabolism, helping the body to eliminate waste and the toxins that build up during training, and healthily supports the immune system.
All of These Sports Will Benefit From Lymphatic Drainage Massage during injury or training
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Cycling and triathlon
  • Dance (all kinds)
  • Diving
  • Driving (racing)
  • Figure skating
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hiking and backpacking
  • Ice hockey
  • Jogging
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts (all kinds)
  • Race walking/Nordic walking
  • Rugby
  • Sailing and windsurfing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water skiing
  • Weight lifting
  • Wrestling
  • And most other sports!

  • Why will Manual Lymphatic Drainage benefit me more than say, another type of therapy?
    • MLD is a UNIQUE therapy that offers UNIQUE benefits to the recipient, in areas where other therapies struggle to get a result Manual Lymphatic Drainage
    • Re-activating a body with sluggish lymphatic circulation, helps in the natural detoxification of cells and organs
    • MLD is painless, deeply relaxing, comforting and healing
    • MLD can improve almost any condition where inflammation plays an initiating or major role
    • It does this by stimulating the lymphatic system so it works more efficiently. This clears sluggish, blocked or stagnant areas, eliminating their toxic effects, allowing new fluid to circulate freely, bringing abundant water, nutrients and oxygen to cells, thus increasing vitality and health
    • MLD can accelerate the shedding of environmental pollutants and stress chemicals from the body
    • MLD can provide a long lasting energy boost to the body; providing a positive physical effect that is chemical free and sugar free
    • I'm not one to promote Anti-aging and Shangri la, but a great many people who have MLD come back afterwards and say, 'It made me feel years younger!'. Who am I to argue?
    Use MLD to speed up healing and recovery time following cosmetic surgery
    Cosmetic surgery is big business, and many people now choose to enhance their appearance with a variety of techniques, including breast implants, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, face lifts, neck lifts, liposuction and rhinoplaty. Manual Lymphatic Drainage The major downsides to rapid recovery are swelling and bruising. Lymphatic Drainage, both pre and post surgery allow the lymph circulation to peak at the right times, to accelerate the healing process, reduce scar marks and keep the skin bright. I can liase with your surgeon to help with your continuity of care and keep your recovery time to a minimum.

    MLD to detox the body
    Allow Manual Lymphatic Drainage take the strain of your next detox session, where it will be a useful adjunct to the other techniques you normally use. MLD will accelerate the removal of waste products, toxins and excess fluid, helping produce clearer skin, reduced cellulite, improved skin tone and feel, reduced puffiness, lower fluid retention, improved energy, alertness and well being.

    MLD for secondary lymphoedema following breast cancer surgery
    After the removal of lymph nodes by surgery, or the use of radiation treatment, lymph can build up in the body tissues, causing pain, discomfort and anxiety. There may be a feeling of heaviness, tightness and swelling in the affected arm. Manual Lymphatic Drainage encourages the body to find new pathways and to energize adjacent, existing lymph vessels, to re-route excess fluid away from the swollen area, and to maintain those pathways, so they continue to work in the long term.

    Manual Lymphatic Drainage is one of the most effective treatments I have ever come across. By now you will probably have decided if LDM is for you, and if so, I invite you to make your appointment and give it a try. Manual Lymphatic Drainage is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, whether sports related, cancer related, or other degenerative conditions, in which edema plays a part. I have found it especially beneficial when used to counteract the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Visit The Haven Healing Centre in Blagdon for a course of Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatments, or to explore how MLD can help you. Appointments and a treatment price list are available by clicking here. I look forward to welcoming you soon. Phil.

    What other conditions can benefit from using Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
    • Adiposity (Obesity)
    • Ankle joint arthrosis
    • Anxiety
    • Arm edema
    • Arthritic conditions
    • Bell's Palsy
    • Bronchitis
    • Burn scars
    • Bursitis
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Catarrh
    • Cellulite
    • Central nervous system (CNS - diseases of)
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome
    • Chronic inflammation
    • Constipation
    • Cosmetic surgery scars
    • Cranial edema
    • Crohn's disease
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Depression
    • Diseases of the digestive tract
    • Diverticulosis
    • Down's syndrome
    • Dynamic and mixed edema
    • Ear-nose-throat region (ENT)
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Fibrosis
    • Fluid retention
    • Fractures and damaged bones
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Genital edema
    • Gout
    • Habitual constipation
    • Haematoma
    • Headaches (inc. chronic)
    • Inflammatory rheumatism
    • Insomnia
    • Intestinal track (diseases of)
    • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
    • Lipidema
    • Lymphatic enteropathy
    • Lymphoedema
    • Lymphostatic edema after surgery
    • Mastitis
    • ME
    • Meniere's disease
    • Menopausal problems
    • Menstrual problems
    • Migraine
    • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
    • Muscle rupture
    • Oedema (acute and chronic)
    • Pain (general/chronic)
    • Parkinson's disease
    • Phantom pain
    • Pregnancy
    • Primary leg edema
    • Puffy/swollen eyes
    • Repetive strain syndrome (RSI)
    • Shoulder dislocation
    • Sinusitis
    • Skin problems and diseases
    • Sports injuries
    • Stress
    • Surgery scars
    • Tinnitus and acute hearing loss
    • Trigeminal neuralgia
    • Ulcerative colitis
    • Venous edema
    • Venous leg ulcer
    • Whiplash syndrome
    • Wrinkles
    • And lots more!


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