Manual lymph drainage
Is a gentle non-invasive manual technique when therapist applies with his hand a gentle pressure and stimulates lymph flow by rhythmic circular movements
MLD has a powerful effect on the body. During a lymphatic drainage, the light rhythmic movements stimulate the lymphatic system without compressing the vessels – allowing lymph to move easily through the tissues and lymph nodes. MLD follows a specific sequence over the body so lymph isn’t trapped anywhere, making sure every area is treated with care.
One common use of lymphatic drainage is in the treatment of lymphedema resulting from the removal of lymph nodes as part of breast cancer surgery.
In addition, lymphatic drainage is sometimes used for people dealing with such issues as arthritis, orthopedic injuries, orthopaedic surgery, chronic venous insufficiency, and swelling and fatigue associated with menopause.
Available at some spas, lymphatic massage is sometimes used as a treatment for issues like post-exercise recovery, cellulite, and eczema.
You might not be able to have MLD if you have any of the following:
an infection or inflammation in the swollen area
a blood clot
cancer in the area