Not to be confused with Massage, MLD is a specialized treatment technique that gently assists the lymphatic system in maintaining the body’s fluid balance, blood circulation, and immune mechanisms. The fluid (lymph) in the lymphatic system helps remove waste and toxins from the bodily tissues.
A series of light gliding, compressing, stretching, and cupping motions stimulate the lymphatic system without compressing the vessels – allowing lymph to move easily through the tissues and lymph nodes. MLD follows a specific sequence over the body so lymph isn’t trapped anywhere and every area is treated with care.
Benefits of MLD
1. Strengthened Immune System
One of the main benefits of the lymph system is the removal of harmful waste and toxins from the body. For this to occur, lymph has to be flowing smoothly. If you’ve been getting sick more often lately, try an MLD massage to improve your immunity and feel better.
2. More Energy
Many people report feeling more energy after a manual lymphatic drainage treatment. It can last for a few hours to a few days. Many people choose to incorporate MLD into their weekly or monthly massages for this great boost of energy.
3. Better Sleep
MLD massages reduce pain and stress and promote healing, which makes them perfect for anyone who has been having trouble sleeping.
4. Resolved Sinus Issues
MLD is highly decongestive. When lymph is not flowing properly, you may experience sinus or allergy issues. Draining the lymph nodes that work with the sinuses can help get everything flowing smoothly again and offer some well-deserved relief.
5. Lymphedema Prevention
When the normal flow of lymph is seriously interrupted (by medical treatment, infection, cancer treatments, surgeries, or health or medical conditions), you could end up with lymphedema, which causes major swelling in one or more limbs. Compression therapy is typically used to prevent lymphedema, but MLD can also greatly help reduce swelling and prevent lymphedema from getting worse. Some studies also suggest MLD can also be preventative.
6. Reduction of Swelling in the Legs
If you’ve started to notice swelling, pain, or discomfort in your legs, MLD treatment can help clear up the lymph in your legs.
7. Healing After Surgery
Lymph massages have been known to stimulate healing and regenerate tissue at a scar site after surgery. In addition, it can detoxify the body and reduce swelling – both issues which are usually experienced after surgery. Once you’ve been cleared by your doctor, you can schedule your series of MLD treatments.