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 from the body tissue. Lymph is a colorless fluid that carries white blood cells through a channel of pathways called the lymphatic system directly into the blood stream. These channels work similarly to a canal, meaning there are collection sites (lymph nodes) that help the body naturally maintain an even level of lymphatic fluid throughout the body. When these lymph node sites get overwhelmed or damaged through surgery the end result is swelling in the affected areas. The lymph fluid then needs a different path in order to reduce lymphatic swelling. Unlike blood which circulates automatically, lymph follows the force of
gravity, and needs to be stimulated—either naturally by, movement, the rhythm of the diaphragm or with the help of a MLD certified therapist. Using very light rhythmic pressure, the therapist helps drain puffy, swollen tissues, supports the body’s immune system, and helps the body heal from surgery. The lymph system’s impact is so far reaching that many don’t even realize that minor aches and pains, low energy or susceptibility to colds and flu may be due to a sluggish lymph system and a compromised immune system.
Manual lymphatic drainage is performed in a series of multiple sessions 3-4 times per week initially to encourage redirection of the fluid buildup to alternate lymph nodes.
Sara is the exclusive provider of MLD for the following conditions: Seasonal allergies and post op surgery.
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