Manual Lymphatic Drainage

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)? 

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels, ducts and nodes. Its primary function is to transport a colorless fluid called ‘lymph’ that drains from cells and tissues back into your bloodstream. It works together to eliminate toxins and wastes and protect the body from pathogens. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle non-invasive massage technique using very light pressure to stimulate the lymph vessels that lie just beneath the skin under the epidermal layer. Lymph vessels are very close to the surface of your skin, so light pressure is enough to stimulate an effect. This helps move the lymph back into the central circulation thus, improving overall health and aesthetics. Our MLD therapist is fully MLD qualified and is licensed through the DHA.

Who can benefit from MLD? 

MLD is recommended for people experiencing lymphedema, venous edema, post aesthetic surgery, pre and post breast cancer surgery, pre and post joint surgery, lipedema and any effused areas. Additionally it can help with fatigue, brain fog, stress, insomnia, digestive problems, skin disorders and migraines.  It works by moving fluid from a swollen, congested area into a place where the lymphatic system works normally.

For which conditions is MLD contra indicated? 

  • Acute infections both viral and bacterial
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Recent history of deep vein thrombosis
  • Fever
  • Open wounds
  • Rashes
  • Skin Infections
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Diabetes
  • Uncontrolled hypotension
  • Chronic Inflammation

How does MLD benefit the body?

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Improves digestion
  • Improves recovery post surgery
  • Assists with sinus congestions
  • Prevents lymphedema
  • Reduces fluid retention and swelling
  • Breaks down scar tissue

Do I need a referral for MLD?

A referral is not required for MLD, however if the patient has any contra- indications for MLD or any medical conditions, the therapist will ask for a referral letter from the doctor to ensure that MLD is safe to proceed with. Medical insurance companies can require a referral from a  qualified doctor prior to MLD treatment so we always advise checking this with your insurer.

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