Manual Lymph Drainage

What is Manual Lymph Drainage?

Manual Lymph Drainage is a specialized massage technique that is beneficial for people of all ages.

Specific and gentle movements of the skin help promote the flow of lymphatic fluid out of the swollen part of the body.

MLD is an advanced massage therapy developed in the 1930s by the Danish practitioner Dr. Emil Vodder to treat a variety of different conditions.

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What are the benefits of MLD?

MLD is both preventative and remedial and:

  • MLD can aid in reducing swelling and promoting healing after surgeries including aesthetic surgeries, liposuction, orthopaedic surgeries
  • MLD enhances lymphatic circulation and may strengthen the immune system by increasing the rate of removal of waste products, toxins from the body's tissues.
  • MLD can be used to reduce swelling in cases of lymphoedema (combined with decongestive therapy)
  • MLD may induce relaxation and help reduce stress

MLD therapy is a great treatment to receive pre and post-surgery (for example knee replacement, hip replacement, and plastic surgery to name a few). MLD before and after surgery is often recommended to reduce swelling and promote optimal lymphatic function. This can help enhance the body's ability to manage fluid balance and inflammation during the postoperative period, potentially aiding a smoother recovery

What to expect from the MLD treatment?

Before your first session, we will arrange a telephone consultation during which we establish what are your expectations from the massage session, and also I will check for any contraindications to massage. The session's length depends on the treatment plan and it would last a minimum of one hour. I recommend having a series of sessions in order to receive the best results. Where required I will work in conjunction with your medical practitioner. At an MLD session, I will ask you to remove some of your clothing and lie down on the treatment table where you will be covered in towels/blankets to keep you warm. I use no oils and it is completely safe even for those with sensitive skin.

I recommend drinking water after your treatment and you may need to go to the toilet more often, as the lymphatic system starts to recycle excess fluid and waste. After an MLD treatment, you might feel more relaxed.

Please, contact me on 07828926320 if you have any questions about MLD treatment.

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