Lymphatic Drainage Massage
The name lymphatic drainage massage comes from a technique called lymphatic drainage. To use the word ‘massage’ in conjunction with lymphatic drainage isn’t a great idea because the two are distinct from one another and they generally affect separate systems in the body. Massage targets mainly the muscles and, to a lesser degree the joints, ligaments and tendons. Lymphatic drainage targets the lymphatic system. And because 80% of the lymphatic system lives in the top 3 – 5 mm of the skin, massage will actually work against lymph drainage due to its excessive pressure on the superficial lymph vessels.
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage ?
Manual lymphatic drainage (or MLD) is a gentle yet powerful treatment designed to increase lymph flow through the body, helping to detoxify tissue, speed healing and boost the body’s natural defence systems.
The lymphatic system vacuums away excess fluid, toxins, fat cells and other substances, whilst transporting immune cells around the body, which seek out and destroy harmful pathogens and cellular waste in order to maintain healthy tissue.
How does Manual Lymphatic Drainage work ?
When the lymphatic system isn’t working properly, or is under too much ‘load’, undesirable substances tend to build up, creating a breeding ground for disease. That’s where manual lymphatic drainage can help. By way of what we call the ‘stretch receptor reflex’, the pump rate of the lymph vessels is increased by up to four times the normal speed. This technique is designed to be different from conventional massage in that it won’t increase blood pressure or leak unwanted fluid into the tissue, which would only worsen many conditions and put more strain on the lymphatic system. That’s why MLD is so gentle.
Can Manual Lymphatic Drainage really help me get a Good Night’s Sleep ?
In addition to increasing your body’s ‘flush rate’ of excess fluid, toxins and wastes, MLD soothes the nervous system, helping to reduce stress and encourage a good night’s sleep. This is achieved through what we call the sympatholytic effect, where the body responds in kind to the slow rhythmical movement of the treatment. In fact, it’s common for people to fall asleep whilst receiving MLD, as the calming effect can be almost immediate.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage for the Management of Pain
According to something called ‘The Gate Theory’, MLD is also known for its pain-quelling effects, with the capacity to interrupt pain signals to the brain from the site of an injury, making it a valuable treatment for chronic pain sufferers.
Can Manual Lymphatic Drainage help with My Condition ?
Our ability to maintain a healthy body relies heavily on an effectively functioning lymphatic system. Therefore, a vast array of ailments can be significantly improved using MLD.
Here is a list of reasons to get Manual Lymphatic Drainage:
- scarring & scar prevention
- keloid scars
- acute burns
- laser treatment
- skin trauma
- Dark circles under the eyes.
- stretch marks
- Before and after plastic surgery.
- ankle sprain
- whiplash & other trauma
- venous ulcers
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Chronic Pain and pain management
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Sudeck’s Atrophy or Post Traumatic Osteoporosis)
- autoimmune conditions
- To improve sleep quality.
- head trauma
- eye trauma
- post eye surgery
- ear trauma
- glue ear
- chronic sinusitis
- post stroke
- Chronic inflammation including tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, gamer’s thumb, frozen shoulder.
- joint surgery
- hip replacement
- Adhesions after surgery.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Respiratory issues, including bronchial asthma, pleurisy, emphysema and
- autoimmune conditions
- deep vein thrombosis (must have your doctor’s permission)
- post cancer treatment (must have your doctor’s permission)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Down’s syndrome
- Pregnancy symptoms, including mastitis, sore and tight hips and lower back, post natal depression sore and swollen legs and ankles.
- Burn-out syndrome
- Following major surgery or severe illness in the elderly.
- For those on a fasting diet.
- Children with recurrent infections.
- As a palliative therapy.
- Lymphoedema – primary and secondary
*** Always check with your doctor if you are unsure about whether manual lymphatic drainage is right for you.
massage.yeah can NOT treat these conditions:
– Untreated malignant disease, including tumour recurrence or metastases
(Untreated means that treatment has either not concluded or has not yet begun.)
– Acute inflammation with infection
– Acute allergy
– Acute DVT (untreated deep vein thrombosis)
– Swelling of an unknown origin