How MLD Can Help

Manual Lymphatic Drainage benefits conditions such as:

Lymphoedema (Primary and Secondary)

Lymphoedema is a condition affecting the lymphatic system in which the normal transportation of lymph (a straw-coloured fluid that travels throughout the body in a complex network of lymphatic vessels) becomes impaired due to damage or destruction of the lymph nodes. When this happens, lymph is unable to move freely and gathers in the tissue at various points around the body. Usually, lymphoedema affects the limbs but it can occur in other parts of the body too.

 

When lymphoedema is left untreated the resulting swelling can be very painful, it can impair mobility and brings a risk of infection and fibrosis to the affected area. However, with early treatment, it is a manageable condition.

 

There are two types of lymphoedema:

Primary Lymphoedema

 

Primary lymphoedema is an inherited type of lymphoedema. It occurs most often in women but can affect men too, and often on just one side of the body. In some cases, it can develop from birth, but more commonly it is developed in young adulthood or sometimes later in life. It can be triggered by major stress, illness or hormonal changes.

 

Secondary Lymphoedema

 

Secondary lymphoedema arises as a result of trauma to the lymphatic system. It can occur as a side-effect of cancer treatment, where radiation damages the lymph nodes or lymph nodes are surgically removed. It can also occur as a result of an infection or disease which caused inflammation or damage to the lymphatic system.

 

Exercise, good hygiene practices and deep diaphragmatic breathing can all play an important role in your treatment for lymphoedema in combination with MLD therapy.

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Skin conditions, such as Eczema and Acne

You may find it surprising that MLD is a treatment recommended for skin conditions, such as eczema and acne.

 

The lymphatic system affects our whole body, including our skin – and when it doesn’t work optimally complications can occur. MLD treats and reduces the inflammation which often causes the most discomfort.

 

Unlike topical approaches to acne treatment, MLD can also treat the root cause of the acne, as it improves circulation, can help balance hormones, and cleanses the body. By stimulating the lymphatic system through MLD, hormones and toxins which can cause inflammation begin to flow freely, minimising congestion and providing optimal conditions for healthy skin. In this way, MLD can not only reduce the symptoms of acne and eczema, but it can also help impede the reoccurrence of inflammation.

Pre- and post-cosmetic surgery

MLD is an effective treatment both before and after surgery which helps speed up the healing process. As a pre-surgery treatment, MLD prepares the lymphatic system for surgery by ensuring that the lymph is flowing effectively and softening any tissue that may have hardened.

 

After surgery, MLD is also recommended to reduce pain, swelling and bruising and to encourage faster healing in the wound area, so that you can get back to your life as quickly and painlessly as possible. It also reduces the risk of complications from surgery, including the formation of scar tissue and fibrosis, an uneven hardening under the skin, and so is recommended by cosmetic surgeons after liposuction, for example.

Sinusitis and congestion

While some people may experience a sinus flare-up on a rare occasion, for some, it is an on-going problem which is very painful and debilitating. However, you don’t need to put up with sinus pain. MLD is an effective treatment which stimulates the lymphatics in the areas around the nose and ears, helping to clear congestion and reducing the occurrence of infections which can result in severe pain.

 

Manual Lymph Drainage is also effective in treating:

Injuries

Sports Injuries

 

MLD rapidly reduces bruising and swelling in a gentle and pain-free way, which makes it a great compliment to physical therapy, helping you to get back to full health more quickly than with physio alone.

Fluid retention

Swelling and associated pain

Ulcers

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