Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a specialized massage technique which uses gentle, precise strokes to stimulate lymphatic flow to promote the release of fluid which builds up in the body called edema. Edema is swelling that occurs when interstitial fluids build up in various compartments in the body. Edema may result from reduced blood circulation, lack of exercise, sports related injuries, post-surgical recovery and lymph node removal post cancer surgery. MLD helps both acute and chronic conditions. The swelling could potentially lead to a more serious medical condition called lymphedema.
The aim of MLD is to increase the lymphatic system’s ability to remove excess swelling and debris from body tissues allowing proper nutrient exchange, enhanced blood circulation and the removal of toxins. MLD promotes the healing of fractures, sprains/strains, reduces pain and swelling and encourages recovery from wounds, burns and post-surgical procedures.