What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. This is a primary treatment for primary lymphedema or lymphedema due to venous insufficiency.
Manual lymphatic drainage helps the lymph fluid return back into its native vein or lymph vessels, using a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow. Certain MLD strokes are designed to manipulate lymph vessels located in the subcutaneous tissues of larger body surfaces, such as the trunk while other techniques are better suited to be applied on contoured surfaces, such as the extremities.
Our MLD specialist Julia is certified and trained in this technique and we offer this in our outpatient office.
Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Because it is a very light massage, utilizing repetitive and continuous movements, it has a calming effect on the nervous system for many patients. The effect is to induce a state of deep relaxation in addition to boosting the immune system.