Updated: Aug 6
Much like chia seeds, kale, or the latest superfood, we often hear about a treatment, know it will definitely be good for us, but are not really sure why. In this blog, we learn about Manual Lymphatic Drainage and exactly why we should all be getting this treatment.
The lymphatic system is a series of tubes, which is similar to the blood system, which gathers all the toxins and waste from around our body and carries it to lymph nodes. The lymph nodes then rid this waste from the body through the kidneys, skin and bowel.
As our body is made up of 25% blood and 75% lymphatic fluid, this shows how important our lymphatic system is in keeping us healthy and balanced. Unlike the venous system however, the lymphatic system does not have a pump to keep it functioning.
A healthy body often moves less in the summer. When the weather is too hot we often find that we are not as active and can feel a bit lethargic with low energy. This is a great time to have a Manual Lymphatic Massage, to help to stimulate the lymph system and help the body rid itself of waste, thereby allowing us to feel more energetic and further increase the health of our lymphatic system.
MLD is a gentle non-invasive manual technique that has a powerful effect on the body. It is an advanced therapy in which the practitioner uses a range of specialised and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move the skin in the direction of the lymph flow. This stimulates the lymphatic vessels which carry substances vital to the defence of the body and removes waste products. I personally use the Vodder Technique which is especially effective in post surgical treatments.
Promotes the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains and lessens pain
Can improve many chronic conditions, such as sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis and MS.
May strengthen the immune system as part of a detox treatment
Can be used to speed healing after cosmetic surgery such as liposuction, breast implants, BBL and in cancer patients suffering with lymphoedema.
What should one expect from a visit by a practitioner of lymphatic massage?
The therapist gently rubs, strokes, taps or pushes the skin in directions that follow the structure of the lymphatic system so that accumulated lymph fluid can drain through proper channels. Lymphatic drainage is very gentle and deeply relaxing.