Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is an advanced, light-touch therapy which works on the lymphatic system. Not to be confused with lymphatic drainage massage – although the two terms are often used interchangeably they are very different treatments. MLD is the process of moving and stretching the skin in a very precise manner, to encourage the flow of lymph through the body.
The therapist, who should be specifically trained, and continually appraised, uses light but varying amounts of pressure around the body. In Lymphoedema, MLD encourages the fluid away from any congested areas by bypassing ineffective or injured lymph vessels. The excess fluid and any protein contained within it are cleared from the affected area which results in a reduction in swelling and a lower risk of fibrosis or infection. In other instances, MLD stimulates the flow of lymph where lymph nodes may be blocked or sluggish.
Each treatment lasts approximately 50 minutes and is a very relaxing way to invest in your health and well-being.
Manual Lymph Drainage was developed in the 1930s by Danish doctor, Emil Vodder and his wife, Estrid, for the treatment of chronic sinusitis and other immune disorders. Today, it is practised widely around the world as a physical therapy with benefits in a range of situations and is often recommended by doctors post-surgery.