WHAT IS MLD?
Manual Lymph Drainage is a gentle soft tissue technique that targets the Lymphatic system of the body. The techniques used focus on moving interstitial and lymph fluid into the lymph capillaries, through the lymph vessels and nodes. The “lymph fluid” is made up of metabolic and muscular wastes created by red and white blood cells, lactic acid through muscle contractions and other chemical reactions that occur within the body. Rhythmical, light, circular movements direct the fluid to the lymph nodes and vessels which are carried to the kidneys and eliminated through the urinary system.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Decreases swelling due to injuries (sports or trauma)
Increases healing time after surgery
Boosts the immune system
Helps decrease the early signs of cellulite
WHO SHOULD RECEIVE THIS MASSAGE?
This full body treatment is specifically designed to treat LYMPHEDEMA which can be caused by several health conditions and is a good therapy for the client who experiences:
Post – Breast reconstructive surgery
Post lymph node removal due to breast cancer
Radiation therapy – with indication from medical doctor
Low energy levels
HOW OFTEN SHOULD SOMEONE HAVE MLD TREATMENTS?
When treating a condition, the client should expect to go every day for 2 – 4 weeks. Although with most schedules and benefits plans, this treatment protocol is usually not a viable option for most.
4 Elements Healing Massage recommends 1 – 2 sessions per week for the first 4 weeks, with a re-assessment after the 4 weeks.
CONTRAINDICATIONS / PRECAUTIONS OF MLD
Manual Lymph Drainage SHOULD NOT be performed on clients who suffer from:
Acute Infectious diseases
Early onset of inflammatory disease or fever
Serious circulatory problems (ex: Thrombosis, Embolism, Phlebitis)
Major cardiac problems (ex: Acute Angina Pectoris, Heart Attack)