Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage and how does it work?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle non invasive massage technique using very light pressure to stimulate the lymph vessels that lie just beneath the skin under the epidermal layer. By stimulating these 'initial lymphatics' it increases pulsations enabling the filling of the deeper lymphatic vessels. It may seem light but it is a very powerful therapy.
MLD increases the lymph pulsations up to 30 x per minute in comparison to -
- Walking 9-18 x pulsations per minute
- At rest 6-7 x pulsations per minute
Therefore with increase in lymph flow rate = increases circulation = increase cleansing process & fluid balance to our tissues and organs and fights off infections.
MLD has proven effects and results such as decongestive - reduction of oedema (swelling), sympatholytic- soothes and relaxes, analgesic - reduces pain and immunologic - improves our defense mechanisms and immune system health and speeds up healing.
MLD therapy requires advanced training as we use precise complex movements at the correct speed and pressure to re-stimulate the natural contractions of the lymphatic system. These techniques are based on scientific & physiological principles that have proven to encourage lymph flow.
Your Manual Lymphatic Drainage Treatment
Having an MLD treatment is similar to having a massage but we use very light pressure as we are moving the skin only. Depending on what your health condition is or what you are receiving the treatment for, determines what clothes need to be removed during the session. The first 2 treatments clear waste products from your body and the 3rd treatment starts activating the lymphatic system.
MLD is a 'series of treatments' and best results are achieved with an initial treatment plan - then further weekly/monthly treatments may be recommended if a management treating plan is required.
What health conditions can we treat with Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
MLD has received scientific validation as a component of decongestive therapy for managing lymphoedema (chronic swelling) and for other forms of oedemas. However many more health conditions and injuries can be treated and may benefit from manual lymphatic drainage ~
Surgical | Oedema (swelling)
- Primary Lymphoedema (congenital/late onset)
- Secondary Lymphoedema
- Post radiotherapy treatment
- Pre-post surgical recovery~ oedema, scars
- Pre-post cosmetic/appearance surgery e.g liposuction
- Post amputation
- Chronic venous insufficiency relief - lipodermatosclerosis, associated leg ulcers, post vein procedures
Ear, nose, throat
- Sinusitis - frontal/maxillary
- Hay fever, rhinitis
- Tinnitus (Ear)
- Meniere's Disease (hearing/balance)
- Puffy eyes
- Acute injuries - sprains, strains, muscle/ligament tears, haematomas, eye injuries, fractures, dislocations
- Arthritis/Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Hip or shoulder conditions - adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
- Whiplash, neck pain
- Pain management
- Chronic pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - all stages
- Tension Headaches
- Post Stroke
- Carpal Tunnel syndrome
- Neuralgia, SRD
- Leg ulcerations/wounds
- Scar therapy - soften scars
- Sports recovery - after intense training or sporting event
- Improve immune system response
- Pregnancy relief
- Chronic fatigue
- Down's Syndrome complications - bronchitis/chronic sinusitis
- Colitis; Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Stress reduction, anxiety
Everything started making sense, and with Lymph Clinic's ongoing support and treatments, I started to believe that I could live with Lymphoedema
After 3 months of treatments I was able to lower my prescription and do away with it completely after 6 months
I haven't had a headache for at least a few days. I'm unsure exactly how long I've been pain free in my head, but it's a break through!
Carol, Central Otago