Lymphatic drainage, also known as Manual Lymph Drainage, is a gentle massage technique that encourages drainage of lymph fluid from the tissue spaces in the body.
The lymphatic system plays a vital role in eliminating waste and toxins in the body, as well as in helping to transport immune cells, proteins, hormones and other nutrients and substances throughout the body. While the circulatory system relies on the heart to pump blood, the lymphatic system depends on the movement of our body to keep its filtration system flowing.
Restrictions in body tissues can impair the lymphatic system, resulting in inflammation, sluggish immune function and the accumulation of toxins. Manual Lymph Drainage uses gentle manipulation techniques that follow the pattern of lymph flow in the body to ensure the lymphatic system is working properly, thus promoting a more efficient immune system and improving overall health. It also encourages the breaking down of scar tissue and prevention of further scar tissue, aids in detoxification by removing metabolic wastes and alleviates pain.
At Bellesemere Massage Therapy Clinic, Manual Lymph Drainage is performed by a specially trained Vodder MLD Practitioner with a specialty in post-surgical lymph drainage and lymph edema.
Some of the conditions that can be treated at our clinic using lymphatic drainage include:
- Swelling from surgery (particular focus in post-breast cancer surgical care)
- Inflammation from injury and surgery
- Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis
- Burns and Scars
- Swelling due to Pregnancy
- Impaired Circulation due to diabetes and other circulatory disorders
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome