Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
It’s amazing how our body have the ability to heal itself, building new tissue and filling gaps. Scar tissue grows quickly to help the body to recover from surgery, cuts or fractures, but can actually feel painful and limit the body’s range of motion.
This is why it is important to help the internal regeneration in order to maximise the functionality of new tissue cells.
A working lymphatic system is essential to regenerate tissues, drain fluids, filter out foreign substances and toxins, detoxify, and maintain a healthy immune system.
The lymphatic system is complex, and made up mostly of nodes and lymph vessels working together to achieve these aims. When the body is under stress, fatigued, experiencing infections, fighting a disease process, or recovering from surgery, the process may be slowed down.
This is when MLD becomes essential.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage is a gentle yet powerful form of bodywork that is intended to stimulate and encourage the natural movement of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back towards the heart and it is performed without oils or lotions.
It is a technique based on soft pressure, rhythmic and constant movements that mimic the rhythm of the body’s lymphatic system which itself has no pumps and is usually activated by walking, swimming, running and any non-static activity.
Lay down on the bed, sitting for prolonged time, driving long distances… these activities slow down our Lymphatic System causing swelling and fatigue (especially on legs).
Although MLD is beneficial to a number of conditions, it is not for everybody.
It is important to avoid MLD when:
- Congestive heart failure
- Kidney disorders
- Acute inflammation or infection/malignancies
- Acute cold/flu – please do not have massage if you are not feeling well!
If you are not sure, refer to your GP or health specialist.