MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
What is it?
MLD is designed to facilitate the movement of lymph and interstitial fluid through the body with light strokes on the skin. It is likely that MLD can boost the immune system by promoting lymph formation and encouraging lymph drainage.
What does MLD feel like?
MLD is a very gentle and flowing modality. The light pressure decreases the sympathetic mode (fight or flight), and in turn promotes a parasympathetic response (rest and digest) in the body. MLD may also have an analgesic effect, as it can assist the body with the drainage of substances that build up in the tissues as a result of pain.
What to expect from an MLD session
A full body MLD session takes around 90 minutes to complete. In order for MLD to be effective, it must be done on bare skin. It is not necessary to always have a full body session, if there are only specific areas that need work based on your situation and the time within a session.
What conditions are often helped by MLD?
MLD is wonderful for treatment of lymphedema and may help to increase overall comfort. For lymphedema specifically, MLD reroutes the flow of lymph around blocked areas into healthy lymph vessels which then drain into the venous system.
There are any other health issues that can be helped through MLD, some include:
Post Traumatic and Post Surgical Edema
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Migraine & Sinus Headaches
Aches & Pain