What Is Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Why Do I Need It?Jul 25, 2019
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What Is MLD and Why Do I Need It?
Manual lymphatic drainage refers to the rhythmical massage specially targeting the lymphatic system, the body’s natural waste disposal system. It helps improve the efficient way your lymphatic and circulatory systems work by lessening the volume of fluid retained in the body and the pressure, reducing the risk of blocked circulation. In turn, it allows the circulatory system to quickly remove the retained fluids and waste build-ups from the body.
There are plenty of reasons to enjoy manual lymphatic drainage, starting with its benefits to people with certain condition and the negative impact of lymph blockage.
Manual lymphatic drainage proves helpful in increasing the positive effects of the treatment for a wide range of conditions and other health issues such as the following:
- Post-surgery recovery such as after mastectomy or breast cancer treatment
- Skin disorders such as eczema, acne and psoriasis
- Rheumatism and arthritis
- Swollen arms or legs due to fluid retention
- Breast tenderness and congestion
- Anxiety and depression
- Lupus and fibromyalgia
- Hormonal and emotional imbalances
- Cellulite fat accumulation
- Recurrent infections such as flue, colds, yeast infections and tonsillitis
- Scar tissue, which can be softened with better lymph flow after a lymphatic massage
- Relaxation massage
- Neurological disorders such as headaches, stroke, migraines, and M.S.
- Lymphatic system stimulation and detoxing
- Fatigue due to lack of exercise, traveling or poor diet
What Happens If There’s Lymph Blockage?
Every time the lymphatic system gets clogged and blocked, it stops the system from performing its function of fighting pathogens, causing fluid to become stagnant and the immune system to stop working. Stagnant lymph can lead to infection and inflammation, aside from having an impaired immune system and swelling in some parts of the body. If this continues, without proper manual lymphatic drainage, this could worsen and cause lymphedema. If lymphedema remains untreated, it could lead to painful and serious issues such as cellulitis.
Stagnant lymph is partly caused by an unhealthy diet and lack of sleep because it is during a good night’s sleep that both the lymphatic and nervous systems do their work in removing waste build-up and cleaning the body. A sleep-deprived body may hamper these cleaning processes, causing swelling. Poor diet also causes swollen hands, or even a bigger body part, such as the lower or upper torso or even the full torso, if proper lymphatic massage is not performed.
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With proper manual lymphatic drainage, the lymph gets moved along and the lymph nodes get stimulated to effectively clean the body. Some essential oils may be used during the massage to relieve lymphedema and lymphatic stagnancy. Often, clients get out of the massage with less swelling, reduced bloating, less joint swelling, and decreased pain, giving them the relief that they have long been looking for.
A lymphatic massage is done slowly and lightly, helping clients fall asleep. This is best performed in three sessions, scheduled close together such as once a week or after three days within each other. But you’d have to let go of remedial massage or deep tissue massage while having lymphatic drainage to avoid interrupting the function of the lymphatic system.
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