Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is an advanced therapy using a range of specialised and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move the skin in the direction of lymph flow.

MDL is widely accepted as a  part of the treatment and control of lymphoedema.

It is important to know that Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a relatively superficial treatment as 70% of the lymphatic vessels are superficial. It is painless, so is suitable for people who have a high pain levels, or sensitivity, or where the soft tissue is fragile.

It can be used in combination with other types of manual treatment of massage.

What are the benefits?

MLD is both preventative and remedial and can enhance your well being, and:

  • Is deeply relaxing
  • Promotes the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains and lessens pain.
  • Can improve many chronic conditions: sinusitus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, acne and other skin conditions.
  • May strengthen the immune system as part of “detox” treatment.
  • Relieves fluid congestion: swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs due to pregnancy.
  • Is an effective component of the treatment and control of lymphoedema (which may occur after cancer treatment) and assists in conditions arising from venous insufficiency.
  • Promotes healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars.
  • Minimises or reduces stretch marks.
  • Can be used to speed healing after cosmetic surgery.

From <http://www.mlduk.org.uk/therapy/>

Find additional information here:

https://www.csp.org.uk/publications/physiotherapy-works-lymphoedema

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lymphoedema/treatment/