Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
- The lymphatic system is the frontline in our bodies’ ability to fight disease and infection by localising foreign bodies.
- MLD is a very specific massage technique (primarily through the timing, direction and pressure of the application) assisting our body to refresh and rejuvenate its fluid enabling it to establish resistance to all types of stress that our systems are placed under by stimulating the immune system.
- MLD stimulates fluid circulation and elimination, assisting our clients with detoxification. It encourages the lymphatic system to absorb and transport lymph more effectively.
- MLD stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system via the relaxation effect, reducing pain by sedating the sensory nerve endings.
- MLD It is not a muscular massage, but essentially works above the muscle fascia as 70% of the lymphatic fluid is found here.
- MLD must be performed using extremely light pressure. If the pressure is too heavy the one cell thick lymph tissues get flattened and pushed down allowing no fluid movement at all. It takes about 20minutes for them to re-establish themselves.
- The lymph system moves very slowly therefore MLD needs to be delivered in a very slow rhythmic manner.
- Correct sequence is particularly important, as it is necessary to clear areas in order to achieve complete fluid evacuation.
- Stationary circles and all other strokes are made WITH the skin rather than ON the skin as in a typical remedial or therapeutic massage.
MLD can be used in many applications and has a profound effect on increasing lymphatic flow. With an increase of lymph flow immune function is increased. Harmful substances are removed from the tissues and neutralised in the nodes. It has also been shown that an increase in lymph flow stimulates an increased production of lymphocytes, enhancing immune function. Here are a few situations where lymphatic drainage massage can be beneficial:
- Oedema (fluid retention) in the arms, legs and torso
- Oedema in the face, neck and chest
- Oedema during pregnancy
- Oedema as a result of breast surgery
- Oedema caused by sporting injuries like sprained ankles
- Sinusitis and Hayfever
- Headaches and Migraine
- MLD post surgery can assist in greatly preventing scarring of the area and enable the body to remove unwanted fluid at the site thus preventing infection
- Pre surgery MLD is an invaluable tool for softening and relaxing tissues that need to be operated on
- Gastro Enterology (constipation and digestive disorders)
Fitnwell Remedial Massage
Suite 2, 82 Argyle Street
0406 429 959