Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of massage based on the premise of encouraging the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch or about 4 kPa) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.
Benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage
Stimulate immune system function
Promote relaxation and balance within the body
Relief of chronic inflammation
Relief with conditions such as; Sinus issues, allergies, acne, and eczema
Deep relaxation to aid sleep disturbances, stress, loss of vitality and poor memory/focus/concentration
Decrease recovery time from sports injury
Pre-Surgery: Tissue preparation and immune system boost
Post Surgery: enhancing the healing process
Detoxification of the body
Reduction in symptoms associated with chronic headaches and migraines
Reduction of fluid retention caused by lymphedema
Alleviation of adipose and cellulite tissue
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) can be performed as an independent treatment, or in combination with Massage Therapy or our other services.