Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a specialized massage technique designed to stimulate the lymphatic system, which is a vital part of the body’s immune and circulatory systems. The lymphatic system helps remove waste, toxins, excess fluids, and other harmful substances from the body while also playing a role in immune defense by transporting white blood cells and antibodies.

MLD is using gentle, rhythmic, and repetitive movements that mimic the natural flow of lymphatic fluid. The goal of MLD is to encourage the movement of lymphatic fluid through the lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes, helping to eliminate waste and reduce swelling or edema in various parts of the body. The technique involves light pressure and circular motions,  following the direction of lymphatic flow.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is known to help with 

  • Reducing swelling
  • Migraines
  • Immunity support
  • Relaxation
  • Pre/Post Surgery care
  • Sinus issue
  • Digestive issue and Excess weight issue
  • Pain from Autoimmune disease

 Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), should not be administered due to potential risks or adverse effects. Here are some common contraindications for MLD:

  1. Acute Infections: MLD is not recommended when a person is suffering from acute infections, such as bacterial, viral, or fungal infections. The stimulation of the lymphatic system could potentially spread the infection throughout the body.

  2. Active Cancer: In cases of active cancer, MLD might not be suitable. Lymphatic drainage could inadvertently spread cancer cells to other parts of the body.

  3. Thrombosis or Blood Clots: People with thrombosis (blood clots) or a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) should avoid MLD, as it can dislodge blood clots and cause serious complications.

  4. Congestive Heart Failure: Individuals with severe congestive heart failure might not be able to tolerate the increased circulation that MLD can promote, leading to potential strain on the heart.

  5. Untreated Hypertension: MLD involves gentle pressure, but it can impact blood pressure. Individuals with untreated high blood pressure should be cautious when undergoing MLD.

  6. Acute Inflammation: If there’s acute inflammation due to an injury or infection, MLD could worsen the condition and delay the healing process.

  7. Kidney or Liver Issues: People with compromised kidney or liver function might not efficiently process the increased fluid flow from MLD, leading to potential complications.

  8. Active Skin Infections or Open Wounds: MLD should be avoided in areas with active skin infections, open wounds, burns, or other skin issues, as it could worsen the condition or introduce bacteria into the body.

  9. Recent Surgery: MLD is generally contraindicated within the first few days after surgery due to the potential to disrupt the healing process and the risk of affecting surgical incisions.

  10. Fever: If someone has a fever, MLD could increase body temperature and potentially worsen the fever.

  11. Uncontrolled Diabetes: Individuals with uncontrolled diabetes might have compromised wound healing and could be at an increased risk of infection. MLD may exacerbate these issues.

  12. Pregnancy: Although MLD can be modified for pregnant women, there are specific techniques and precautions that need to be taken into consideration, and it’s important to consult a healthcare professional before proceeding.

If you have any of the above contraindications or other health concerns, it’s best to consult with a healthcare provider before undergoing Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

Is MLD painful? 

No, MLD is not painful. The technique involves light pressure and gentle strokes. It should be comfortable and relaxing. Clients may experience mild sensations or tingling as the lymphatic flow is stimulated.

How long does an MLD session last? 

An MLD session typically lasts 60 minutes. The duration can vary based on your coditon and needs. In some conditions, I would suggest having a shorter session (up to 30 minutes) to prevent unpleasant reactions, such as headache, dizziness and exhaustion.

How many sessions are usually recommended?

The number of sessions required can vary based on the individual’s condition and goals. Typically, a series of 4 to 10 sessions may be recommended initially, followed by maintenance sessions as needed.

What should I expect during an MLD session?

During an MLD session, you can expect to lie down in a comfortable position 

What should I wear to an MLD session? 

Wearing comfortable clothes is advised to enhance the treatment’s benefits. For optimal contact, I will perform the treatment directly on your skin. You will be undressed and covered with a towel or blanket, but we can certainly talk about what makes you feel most at ease.