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Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is an effective way of helping the body get rid of waste. It is a technique for which the therapist uses gentle and rhythmic massage strokes to move lymphatic fluid toward the lymph nodes. It can be used for different reasons such as:

  • After having surgery, in conjunction with a detox or body cleanse
  • In pregnant women, as part of a Pregnancy Massage to help relieve puffy hands and legs
  • For people who have lymphedema to get rid of excess fluid in specific areas
  • Or as an immune system booster

Some Healthcare Professionals also believe that getting regular MLD treatments can reduce a woman’s risk of having breast cancer.

The lymphatic system is a part of the immune system; it has vessels that carry lymphatic fluid, and works together with the cardiovascular circulatory system, which carries our blood. However, while blood is pumped by the heart and is carried by the arteries throughout the body, lymph is not pumped. Instead it moves within the vessels with the help of movement, breathing and the actions of our muscles. There are Lymph nodes located throughout the body, such as around the neck, armpits, groin area and around the organs. These act like filtering stations, and they remove fluid, debris and organisms from the body that are unwanted and unnecessary.

MLD strokes are usually done using no oils or lotions and they normally involve no pain since very little pressure is involved. In addition to the strokes, some Registered Massage therapists might perform nodal pumping, which is where the therapist presses rhythmically on an area where there is a large number of lymph nodes, in order to get them ready to receive the lymphatic fluid. Most people find lymphatic Drainage Massage very relaxing, like a Relaxation Massage and leave with an overall good feeling. There are also exercises that may be done at home, these can be useful for improving lymph flow between treatments.

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