Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Lymphatic Massage is a gentle whole body treatment which relaxes the nervous system and aids the body’s immune system. It involves a range of specialized and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move skin in the direction of the lymph flow through a network of lymph vessels and lymph nodes.
This supports the body to naturally eliminate excess toxins, dead cells, viruses, bacteria and chemicals.
MORE THAN JUST MUSCLES
Other benefits of this manual lymphatic drainers are: relieving fluid congestion, promoting wound healing, relieve stress and anxiety. Dr Emil Vodder has created a unique range of movement regarding the lymph system and this method is gaining acceptance in the treatment and control of lymphedema.
We can help you reduce swelling and promote healing, call to make a massage therapy appointment.
Massage has been shown to increase the body's production of pain-killing endorphins and the mood-altering hormone serotonin. It can also slow the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Tense muscles that may also compress blood vessels and stretch nerves, restricting blood flow and causing pain. As the affected area is massaged, the muscles gradually release their stranglehold on the irritated nerves, and the pain eases. The same mechanisms also make massage helpful in the recovery process for an injured muscle.
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- What is the lymphatic system?
- What does lymphatic drainage (MLD) treat?
- What does MLD treatment entail?
- What are the symptoms of lymph edema?
- How does Lymph-edema develop?
What is the lymphatic system?
Its main functions are to: Keep balance of fluid in tissues, Move proteins and digested fats, and Help fight infection by removing viruses and bacteria
When the lymph vessels become compromised they are unable to transport lymph fluid back into circulation, therefore it starts to accumulate and can results in chronic swelling. If it is left untreated it can also result in skin changes, such as hardening of the skin. This accumulation of protein rich lymph fluid is known as lymphedema.
Once this condition occurs, the swelling may increase or become chronic if an effective treatment program is not initiated. Manual Lymphatic Drainage/Combined Decongestive Therapy is most effective; which involves manual techniques applied to the skin with proper bandaging and compression garments.
What does lymphatic drainage (MLD) treat?
- Bruising and swelling due to fractures can be treated before the affected area is casted; or pre or post-surgery
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – acting as an analgesic effect and reducing swelling.
- Rheumatic disorders – e.g. rheumatoid arthritis; MLD may be used to reduce inflammation and act as a pain reliever.
- Dental procedures; MLD can be used for correcting jaw positions or following tooth extractions and operations.
- Chronic inflammation; MLD may be used for chronic cold, chronic tonsillitis, chronic sinusitis, or chronic bronchitis.
- MLD has been shown to have an effect on concussions, headaches, migraines and Meniere's syndrome
What does MLD treatment entail?
Treatment includes: Manual lymphatic drainage, Compression bandaging and/or compression sleeves, Education about skin care, and Exercise to promote lymphatic function and flow.
The therapist will make an individualized treatment plan based on the patient's presentation. Talk to your therapist to see how lymphedema can be managed.
What are the symptoms of lymph edema?
- Swelling of part or all of the arm or leg, including fingers or toes.
- A feeling of heaviness or tightness.
- Restricted range of motion.
- Recurring infections.
- Hardening and thickening of the skin (fibrosis)
How does Lymph-edema develop?
The symptoms of lymphedema can be sudden onset or appear over time. In addition to swelling or discomfort in the area of the blockage, symptoms of lymphedema include: Numbness or a tight feeling around the swollen area.