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Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Gentle leg massageMLD is a type of gentle skin movement which is designed to encourage the natural circulation of the lymph through the body from just under the skin. The lymph system depends on clear channels and ducts to flow freely, and certain areas are prone to blockage during times of injury (accidental or by surgery) or illness.

The main aim of Manual Lymphatic Drainage is to move excess fluid away from a swollen area toward a less swollen area, so that the swollen area is under less pressure and can function more effectively, giving the body time to make repairs to the area that is swollen and not draining properly.

In order to be effective in this regard, it is important to use the right technique, as charging in with heavy or strong massage often makes the problem worse, not better.

MLD is particularly useful if there is swelling in the face, arms, breast, abdomen, genitals, legs, or elsewhere on the body.

MLD is a unique therapy that offers unique benefits to the recipient, in areas where other therapies struggle to get a result.  It is painless, deeply relaxing, comforting and healing.

Julie Stephens has been practising MLD since qualifying in 2006.  She has trained in the four major MLD techniques, and has worked at the St George’s Lymphoedema clinic, which is a worldwide centre of excellence for lymphoedema treatment.

MLD for lymphoedema

Lymphatic drainage is an important part of treatment for lymphoedema.

It aims to reduce swelling by moving fluid from the swollen area into an area where the lymphatic system is working normally.

To do this Julie first massages and clears the area she wants the fluid to drain into. It might seem strange to have her massage your chest and neck if you have lymphoedema in your arm, but it means that the fluid has somewhere to drain to when they massage your arm […]

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MLD after surgery

MLD speeds up healing and recovery time following cosmetic surgery.

The major downsides to rapid recovery from surgery are swelling and bruising. Lymphatic drainage, both pre and post surgery, allows the lymph circulation to peak at the right times, accelerating the healing process, reducing scar marks and keeping the skin bright.

Julie can liaise with your surgeon to help with your continuity of care and keep your recovery time to a minimum. […]

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