Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
MLD is an advanced therapy, specifically designed to improve the functioning and drainage of the lymphatic system. The treatment uses a range of specialised and gentle rhythmic strokes, directing the lymph flow to find new pathways away from blocked lymphatic areas caused by surgery, radiation or damage.
The lymphatic system is the central core of our immune system and plays a critical role in maintaining the flow of fluid (lymph) around our body and removing and transporting waste products from internal tissue.
If the lymphatic system becomes damaged it leads to fluid building up within the interstitial space resulting in poor drainage. Swelling then occurs when the amount of fluid in an area is greater than the capacity of the lymphatic system to transport it away. Chronic oedema is most commonly seen in the arms, legs, feet and abdomen but can also affect genitals, head and neck. It is estimated that at least 100,000 people in the UK may be affected by this condition.
Although a form of massage, MLD is very different. It is gentle and non-invasive. The aim being to re-direct excess fluid into an area of functioning lymph vessels, clearing the blockage and encouraging the body to create new drainage pathways.
MLD therapy is primarily used as an effective therapy for managing lymphoedema and lipoedema and conditions associated with poor circulation, however, the benefits expand much further and can be used as a preventative to enhance wellbeing.
Key element for aiding venous oedema and leg ulcers
Aid healing and recovery from post-op surgery.
Pain management of long-term chronic conditions including – Fibromyalgia
and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Promotes healing of bruises, scars, wounds and general skin integrity.
Aids muscle repair and renewal after sporting injuries
Pre-menstrual syndrome or pregnancy fluid retention.