MLD is a highly specialised form of massage, which uses light, rhythmical, very precise hand movements, pressures and sequences. The therapist must have an intimate knowledge of the workings of the anatomy of the lymphatic system. The massage works at a skin level to influence the direction and speed of lymphatic flow.
The lymphatic system integrates with other bodily systems. As well as playing a major part in immunity, it facilitates waste removal and assists with bringing nutrients and oxygen to cells.
A treatment commences at the neck and the next parts of the sequence will depend entirely on why MLD is being performed and the particular needs of the individual. The lymphatic system also relies on the movement of muscles in the surrounding area to activate the collection of lymph from surrounding tissues.
The Benefits of MLD
Promotes the healing of fractures, torn ligaments and sprains
May strengthen the immune system as part of “detox” treatment.
Relieves fluid congestion: swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs due to pregnancy.
Assists in conditions arising from venous insufficiency.
Promotes the healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars.
Minimises or reduces stretch marks.
used for the reduction of cellulite and aids weight loss
Post plastic or cosmetic surgery to reduce pain, bruising and swelling
Post operative to reduce inflammation, bruising and prevent scarring
Post traumatic events to reduce swelling, pain, bruising and inflammation
The prevention, treatment and control of lymphoedema
The treatment of lipoedema and phleboedema
MLD and Chronic Conditions
Many people have reported relief in their symptoms in the following Chronic Conditions with the use of MLD: