MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of massage based on the hypothesis that it will encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart.
Manual lymphatic drainage is a light, skin-stretching massage that helps promote the movement of lymphatic fluid out of the swollen limb.
Therapy is applied to your unaffected areas first, making it possible for the fluid to move out of the affected area, or “decongest” the region. Manual lymphatic drainage helps open the remaining functioning lymph collectors and move protein and fluid into them, as well as to help speed up lymph fluid flow through the lymphatics.
What can Manual lymphatic drainage help with?
□ Stimulate lymph nodes and increase rhythmic contractions of the lymphatics to enhance their activity so that stagnant lymphatic fluid can be rerouted.
□ Effective both as a preventative treatment of lymphedema and as a postoperative rehabilitation treatment.
□ Increases blood flow in deep and superficial veins.
□ Useful in conditions such as post-traumatic and post-surgical edema, and palliative care.