Manual Lymph Drainage is a particular style of manual therapy. It happens without lotion as a light, repetitive type of massage that encourages the flow of lymph or excess fluid.
Clients may seek this treatment for many reasons. A few of the most common are:
- Lymphedema is a breakdown in the body’s lymphatic system leading to swelling in one or more parts of the body. There are two kinds: primary or natural occurring weakness in the system or secondary, triggered by an accident or surgery.
- Lipedema is a symmetrical build-up of excess fatty tissue. Not gaining weight or carrying extra weight; this medical condition is more common in female bodies and can be painful.
- Chronic sinus issues can develop in the presence of sinus polyps or with repeated infections.
- Mastitis or fibrotic breast tissue can benefit from MLD.
For Lymphedema and Lipedema, MLD is part of a lifelong care plan. There is no cure for either of these conditions. MLD is done at regular intervals to assist with self-care plans
Lymphedema care is dependent on the stage of your condition when treatment begins. Typically intensive care is needed in the early days, including massaging and bandaging. That can last for weeks or months. Once the swelling is reduced, clients can order compression garments and continue with MLD in a maintenance schedule.
Each case is individual and will be reviewed with health goals and medical history considered.