Manual Lymph Drainage
What is MLD?
Manual lymph drainage (MLD) by a trained certified therapist deals specifically with the lymph vessels, which are mainly superficial to the skin, and the lymph nodes. MLD utilizes a slight stretch to the skin and a twist to increase lymphatic flow. This acts to stretch the lymph vessel to push the lymph fluid through the valve to the next vessel. The skin is then released and stretched again with a very small movement. The release action also stimulates the nerves that send impulses to the brain, thereby producing a calming and relaxing effect.
The length of time for treatment depends on the severity of the condition. MLD is contraindicated for cardia edema, thrombosis, malignant diseases and acute inflammation with an infection.
MLD is beneficial for:
- • Primary and Secondary Lymphedema
- • Swelling caused by sports injuries, surgery, and falls
- • Decreased inflammation to increase range of motion and allow for reduced swelling, pain, and pressure
- • Very effective for burns promoting removal of dead cells allowing for regeneration to occur and reduction of scarring
- • Venous or diabetic ulcers
- • Acceleration of the healing process
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