WHAT IS LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE?
Also known as manual lymph drainage or MLD, is a gentle form of massage therapy that aims to drain unwanted fluid from the body in order to promote the healthy function of the immune (lymphatic) system. It is a light, skin stretching massage that is designed to help move lymph fluid back into remaining lymph vessels and reroute it out of your swollen limb. In addition to improving lymphatic circulation, MLD also increases blood flow in deep and superficial veins.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM?
The lymphatic system is an extensive drainage network that helps keep bodily fluid levels in balance & defend against infection. Lymph fluid flows through the lymph nodes, which act as filters trapping anything harmful that the body doesn't need. This includes bacteria, viruses & damaged cells. The human body has between 400-700 lymph nodes.
WHO WOULD NEED LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE?
This technique was developed for treatment of lymphedema, an accumulation of fluid that can occur in the body. This conditions can occur for a myriad reasons, including post-operatively (especially for cancer treatments that require lymph node removal), acute injury, orthopedic trauma and some autoimmune conditions, to name a few. This type of massage is frequently recommended by plastic surgeons during the recovery phase following cosmetic liposuction. There is often a considerable amount of bruising and swelling and MLD can help speed up the recuperation period.
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