Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a soft tissue technique:
The lymphatic system is a part of the immune system.
It has a vital role in removing excess fluid from the tissues.
It is made up of tiny vessels which carry lymph (a clear fluid) throughout the body.
Lymph vessels are located all over the body and connect to the bloodstream at strategic points.
Lymph is collected and transported to the lymph glands (lymph nodes) which are located along the lymph vessels.
There, the lymph fluid is filtered and used to make new cells.
When the lymphatic system is not working properly it can result in swelling and a build up of fluid in the tissues.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a very gentle, non-invasive treatment with no side effects.
The therapist will use different types of gentle pressure, kneading and movement to trigger the lymphatic flow and encourage it to drain away.
How does it work?
The lymphatic system is very responsive to manual pressure, hence Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
The lymphatic system is also very sensitive to touch, so the therapist will use very gentle techniques to stimulate your lymphatic system to drain.
The therapist uses a gentle technique to stimulate your lymphatic system to drain.
Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage:
- Reduced swelling
- Reduced fluid retention
- Increased energy levels
- Improved organ function
- Improved metabolism
- Reduced pain
- Reduced stiffness
What to expect from Manual Lymphatic Drainage:
A Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment can be very relaxing and gentle.
The therapist will move your arms and legs, gently applying pressure to your skin and muscles.
You may feel a slight tingling sensation as the therapist works on you.
The therapist will ask you to move your body as this helps to increase the flow of lymph.
You may experience a slight increase in your heart rate, but this will be temporary.
You will not be asked to lie on any special apparatus during the treatment.
The therapist will work on you for approximately 30 to 60 minutes.
You may have some temporary bruising and swelling in the area that has been treated.
How many treatments do I need?
The number of treatments you will need depends on the severity of your condition. Usually, between 2 – 8 treatments are recommended.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle and non-invasive treatment, suitable for all ages and health conditions.