Manual Lymphatic Drainage

About your lymphatic system

Your body is made up of 60 to70% of water and your lymphatic system is responsible for its distribution throughout the body. It picks up the excess fluid in the tissues, filters it in the lymphatic nodes and returns it to the heart. It plays an important role in the immune system, as it carries the cells involved in the immune responses. Exercise is the engine that moves the fluid around the body when the muscles contract. Without the lymphatic system our body would swell like a balloon.

About lymphatic drainage massage

Manual lymphatic drainage massage is a manual technique with gentle effleurage and pumping of an area of the body towards the closest lymph node cluster in the direction of the heart. The aim of the lymphatic drainage is to:

  • Decrease swelling by moving lymph fluid to collateral and viable pathways that have not been damaged or compromised by surgery
  • Accelerate drainage of a body area
  • Stop fluid build up and thickening below surgery incision
  • Faster postoperative oedema and bruising resolution
  • Encourage less visible, seamless and softer scarring
  • Assist in pain management
  • Assist in draining anaesthetic in the tissue following  cosmetic surgery
  • Increase nerve conduction
  • Increase range of movement
  • Reduce risk of infection (cellulitis) 
  • Improve the immune system
  • Remove toxins, dead cells, wastes

Lymphatic drainage massage for lymphoedema

In cases of severe lymphoedema, manual lymphatic drainage can be performed daily for 2 weeks in conjunction with bandaging to obtain maximum reduction of swelling.

In the maintenance phase of treatment, MLD may be performed on a needs basis, and lymphoedema should be re-assessed regularly.

A simplified version of MLD can be taught for self-care at home 

Lymphatic drainage massage for postsurgical treatment

When can Lymphatic drainage massage treatment begin after surgery? 

As soon as possible: It can be performed above the area if bandage is still present because MLDM is performed proximal (near the heart where the fluid returns – to distal (closer to the injured site). We do not massage on or too near to the surgery site to avoid risk of infection if bandage or scab is present.

When scab is removed – it is possible to drain fluid closer to the incision and perform gentle techniques to soften the scar

After removing absorbent pads in cosmetic surgery – usually approximately 1 week following surgery

How often? – 2 to 3 times/week for 3 to 4 weeks

Lymphatic draiange massage for Health and Wellbeing

There has always been fascination with the Fountain of Youth. Some people say that it is in your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. Today many people turn to manual lymphatic drainage massage to release the Fountain of Youth, which is also better known as the lymphatic system.

When should I have LDM to improve my health? – When feeling low in energy or having low immune system 

How often? -Following illness: depending on severity 1 or 2 times/week for 2 to 4 weeks – to improve your health when feeling sluggish maybe on a weekly basis for 1 month, depending on the severity of the symptoms

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