Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle, light but precise hand movement applied to the skin by a qualified therapist. MLD aims to redirect fluid from swollen areas to healthy lymphatic vessels, transporting the fluid back to the normal circulatory system . The therapist exerts different intensities of pressure to increase the activity of normal lymphatic vessels, which encourages the fluid away from congested areas by bypassing ineffective or injured lymph vessels. The treatment is very gentle and a typical session will involve drainage of the neck, trunk, and the affected extremity (in that order), lasting approximately 40 to 60 minutes.
Conditions for which MLD therapy is helpful include:
Primary and Secondary LymphoedemaLipoedema
Venous Insufficiency & Leg Ulcers
Promotion of wound healing
Conditions of the nervous system with local oedema (e.g. (Migrane, Parkinson's Disease, MS)
MLD has a calming effect on the autonomic nervous system helping with relaxation. It can help improve the quality of sleep, relieve constipation and generally aid digestion.