Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage
What can I expect from a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Treatment?
Manural Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a hands on, gentle light touch physical therapy technique. It is a progressive treatment which means that one session builds to the next and more foten requires more than one visit to receive maximum benefits. Goals and intentions are discussed at your initial visit to meet your expectiations and specific needs. For surgical care, treatment can begin 48 hours post operative . Depending on your surgical procedure and stage in the healing process each treatment is customized to promote healing, pain relief and relaxation. MLD assists your body in reducing inflammation and swelling which optimizes wound healing. For non surgical care, MLD is beneficial to a number of other conditions including:
Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Detoxification, Improvement of the immune system
Skin conditions – acne, rosacea, wrinkles, cellulite
Reduce: stress, chronic pain, fatigue
Stretch marks, menopause symptoms
Chronic constipation, IBS, Crohn’s disease
Parkinson’s, MS, Vertigo, Peripheral Nerve disorders
Neck pain, whiplash
Allergies, Bronchial asthma, Hay fever
Gout, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, fascial restrictions & scars
Sports preparation, sports injuries, muscle spasms, muscle cramping, traumatic edemas from torn muscles and sprained ligaments or articulations.
Pre & Post surgery treatment, Symptoms associated with post -trauma, dislocations & sprains
What is Manual lymphatic drainage?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage or MLD is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of lymph fluid from the body tissue. Using very light rhythmic pressure, the therapist helps drain puffy, swollen tissues, supports the body's immune system, and helps the body heal from surgery.
Who Can Benefit From MLD?
Almost anyone can benefit from lymphatic drainage as a way to boost their immune system, especially during cold and flu season, or anyone who suffers from allergies, chronic sinusitis or bronchitis. It is highly beneficial for inflammation as a result of injury or trauma to the body, such as, joint sprains or post surgery.
I just had plastic surgery, joint replacement or another surgical procedure, how long should I wait?
You can begin MLD treatments in as little as 3 days post op.
How Many Sessions Will It Take to Feel Relief?
Every body is different, so the answer to this question varies according to the individual. Some people feel immediate relief while others need 2 or more sessions to feel relief .
How often do I need to come in for treatments?
It depends on the treatment. It can vary according to the treatment plan your therapist will create with you.
It's important to remember that lymph needs to be stimulated in order to move and that lying down and resting, while necessary, does not help the flow of lymph fluid.
Will MLD be effective if I only come once a week?
It's possible, but not likely to produce the desired results of long term reduction of fluid build up.
Do I need to do anything between sessions?
Yes. MLD will be most effective if treatment is continued at home between sessions. Elevating the effected limb(s) will help decrease swelling. If you're receiving lymphatic drainage as a result of plastic surgery, you will need to wear the compression garments as directed by your physician.
What are some of the side effects of lymphatic drainage?
While there are no adverse side effects know with MLD, some clients report an increase in urination due to fluid drainage. Clients who receive MLD for sinus related issues often report a rapid onset of cold or sinus symptoms 12-24 hours after a session. If you think you have or are getting a cold/sinus infection it is best not to get MLD until after your cold has cleared up.
Is MLD As Effective As Deep Tissue Massage?
Yes! In fact incorporated with traditional deep tissue massage, lymphatic drainage will decongest the muscle tissue allowing for less pain during your deep tissue session.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD) is a Specialized type of Massage Therapy and not all Therapist are qualified or trained to provide this service. This technique is far different than a relaxation or deep tissue massage. Its very important to confirm that the massage business and Therapist you are considering working with has obtained Advanced Training and Certification in this Specialized Technique.
It is also very important to inform your Massage Therapist if you have lymphedema or a damaged lymphatic system, or have recently undergone any surgical procedure because special considerations are required. No massage technique should be conducted on anyone with an active skin infection, thrombosis, an open wound or a fever. If you have heart or kidney disease or are under the care of a Physician, be sure to inform your practitioner.
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