(MLDT)What is Lymphatic Drainage Therapy?

Lymphatic drainage therapy is a form of manual therapy that improves the function of the lymph system. The lymphatic system includes the lymphatic vessels which contain lymph fluid, along with the spleen, thymus, tonsils, and lymph nodes.

This therapy consists of manual and massage techniques that promote the flow of lymphatic fluid from the lymphatic vessels back to the circulation system. When the lymph circulation stagnates, fluids, proteins, cells, and toxins accumulate. This then compromising cellular functioning (Adair, Guyton, 1982).

The therapeutic lymph massage consists of a variety of manual movements designed to aid in the recirculation of body fluids. Lymphatic massage aims to improve lymph flow by way of manual manipulation so that the body can eliminate toxins from tissues and fluids more readily. These are then eliminated through the kidneys, intestines, skin, lungs, or other organs.

During this type of therapy, clients are often instructed to drink plenty of fluids in order to build up good circulation in their limbs. This therapy also helps to strengthen muscles and promote self-healing by stimulating blood circulation.

What are the benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (MLDT)?

In the short term, MLDT can help with a number of health issues. Some results can include:

  • reduction in edema or lymphedema

  • relief of chronic and subacute inflammation such as acne, eczema, or allergies

  • immune system stimulation

  • regeneration of tissue post-surgery, from burns or from ageing

  • detoxification of the body

  • relief of chronic pain

  • deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression, stress, low vitality, or memory loss

  • reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia

  • alleviation of adiposis and cellulite.

MLDT is often used to treat many non-healing wounds such as diabetic ulcers or other chronic wounds. It can also be used to treat various types of cancers, such as breast cancer or leukaemia.

Does Lymphatic Drainage Therapy have any side effects?

Side effects from this treatment are negligible or rare. A patient may experience soreness, redness, or itching in the treated area. As the therapy involves the release of toxins that may be held within the lymphatic system, clients may experience some mild headaches. These are quickly relieved with drinking plenty of fluids to flush the system.

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