The lymphatic system is the frontline in our body’s ability to fight disease and infection by localising foreign bodies, producing immune-competent cells to fight infection, and removing toxins from our body. Daily stress, fatigue, emotional shock, chemical overloading, infection, pollution, food preservatives and many other things can impair the function of our lymphatic pathways.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is an effective way to initiate the movement of lymph around the body. On its own, the Lymphatic system can move 1.5-2 litres of fluid around our body once per day. However, after an MLD treatment, the body can move 15-30 litres a day, speeding up the removal of toxins and hastening healing times. Additionally, it has been found that after just one MLD treatment, our bodies produce more than 20% extra immune-competent cells, directly improving the strength of our immune system.
As the lymphatic system lies just under the skin, MLD uses very little pressure, and a slow rhythmic manner, in order to stimulate the flow of lymph. The massage therefore can be extremely relaxing and reduce stress. A full body treatment requires 90 minutes, however ‘spot’ treatment may be possible in a shorter appointment.
Most people can benefit from a Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment, but it is particularly useful for those experiencing lymphoedema, post surgery swelling, skin disorders, oedema, autoimmune disorders, musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders, pregnancy, migraines, hay fever, sinusitis and bronchitis.
If you think you may benefit from an MLD treatment, feel free to discuss this treatment option with me at your next visit.