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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a treatment designed specifically to help maintain a well flowing lymphatic system, promoting fluid circulation and decongesting of the lymph nodes, that protect and boost your immune system and detoxify the body.

MLD is a very gentle technique used to stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid (lymph) around your body. Using specific slow, light strokes and rhythmic circular movements. MLD works on the connective tissue immediately below the skin, encouraging the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart.

Your lymph system is made up of lymphatic vessels and nodes and is your bodies first line of defence against disease and infection. Lymph nodes contain a large portion of your white blood cells, which fight disease and infection. As the lymph is filtered through the nodes, the immune cells identify any toxins, such as viruses and bacteria. Lymphatic fluid picks up toxins such as food additives and preservatives and filters them out for removal from the body.

Physical Benefits

Arthritis (even during flare ups)
Breast surgery (segmental, simple or total mastectomy)
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Dermatological conditions (e.g. eczema, psoriasis)
Fluid retention
General fatigue
Headaches or migraines
Low immunity
Musculoskeletal pains and conditions
Oedema (e.g. lymphoedema, oedema/swelling during pregnancy)
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Pre-surgery (to soften and relax tissues to be operated on)
Post-surgery (to reduce healing times and scar tissue formation, and reduce chance of infection)
Sinusitis
Sports injuries (e.g. bruises, sprains and even fractures (in acute stage) where remedial massage is not indicated)

*Please note. There are a few conditions that cannot be treated with manual lymphatic drainage, and others that will require prior consultation with your GP or primary healthcare professional.

What results can you expect from manual lymphatic drainage?

The primary result from manual lymphatic drainage is an increase in the lymph flow, which can reduce swelling and oedema. A full body manual lymphatic drainage treatment can increase the flow of lymph through the heart from two litres per day to over 25 litres per day!

Depending on the condition you are seeking treatment for, other benefits generally include:

Detoxification
Pain reduction (by sedation of the sensory nerve endings)
Relaxation
Reduction in healing time post-surgery or post-injury. (Manual lymphatic drainage is gentle enough to be used

immediately after surgery or injury).