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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 the person massaging you first massages and clears the area they want the fluid to drain into. It might seem strange to have them 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.

You usually lie down to have massage, but if you have lymphoedema in your head and neck, you sit up.

When you have the massage you feel a gentle pressure. It is not a deep massage. If it is too deep it won’t work because it flattens the small lymph vessels so that the fluid can’t drain. The movements are slow and rhythmic so the lymph vessels open up.

The number of treatments you have varies depending on the type of MLD you have and what you need, as well as the amount of swelling you have.

After the massage it may be necessary to bandage the area using a specialist bandaging technique called multi layered lymphoedema bandaging. If it is not possible to use bandages, you may wear a compression garment.

MLD after surgery

According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, more and more people are making the decision to enhance their appearance through cosmetic surgery. Some of the most popular procedures opted for by men and women include breast augmentation, eyelid, face and neck lifts, liposuction and rhinoplasty.

A downside of cosmetic surgery is the initial after effects, such as swelling and bruising, which are experienced by patients post surgery.

The time it takes for the skin to recover can differ from person to person due to many factors such as age, general health, lifestyle etc, but a course of MLD treatment makes the healing process MUCH faster.

The specific and gentle movements used by the MLD therapist stimulate and increase the rate of removal of waste products, toxins and excess fluid from the body’s tissues and so improve healing and reduce recovery time after surgery.

Treatment both pre and post surgery is often recommended to get the lymphatic system in peak condition to help reduce the swelling and bruising, keep it operating at optimum levels to accelerate the healing process, encourage better scar formation and ultimately reveal the new you in less time.