Manual Lymph Drainage is a very gentle type of massage therapy used to drain excess fluid from the body and improve the overall functioning of the lymphatic (immune) system. MLD is most commonly used to treat Lymphedema, which is characterized by the blockage of lymph nodes in the arms and legs.
The lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels and ducts that move fluid throughout the body and is responsible for moving toxins away from healthy cells and carrying germ-fighting materials to cells when they are under attack by viruses. Though fluid moves through the lymphatic system, it does not have its own pumping mechanism. Lymphatic drainage is a type of therapy that is intended to help the body produce a free-flowing lymphatic system.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage benefits are numerous and include:
Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of various origins
Detoxification of the body
Regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles
Relief of numerous chronic and subacute inflammations, including sinusitis, bronchitis and otitis
Relief of chronic pain
Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
Antispastic actions to relieve conditions such as muscle hypertonus and some forms of constipation
Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, loss of vitality and loss of memory