Manual Lymph Drainage is a gentle technique that stimulates the lymphatic system and promotes detoxification of the entire body. MLD reduces fluid retention, accelerates healing of burns, regeneration of tissue, and helps to minimize scarring. Lymph drainage is an excellent treatment before and after surgery.
Treating Lymphedema with manual lymph drainage is specific to each individual. When the lymphatic system has been compromised as a result of surgery or radiation, the lymphatic fluid may lack the capacity for transporting fluids through that area. Stagnation can cause a build up of proteins which leads to swelling. MLD influences reabsorption and the flow of lymphatic fluid encouraging the lymph to regain a healthy path.
The lymphatic system is a complex network made up of lymph vessels, capillaries, lymph nodes, lymph organs and lymph tissues that defend the body against infection. When fighting Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, the lymphatic system can become exhausted trying to filter out the bacteria and neurotoxins that dying spirochetes release. A sluggish lymphatic system can give rise to the experience of even more intense symptoms of Lyme disease. Lymphatic Drainage Massage detoxifies the body by moving stagnant fluids, filtering out bacteria and foreign debris. It also regenerates tissue, reduces inflammation and helps strengthen and maintain a healthy immune system.
Prepare for your session
Drink plenty of water or fresh natural juice two to four days before the sessions. Eat light at least on the day of the initial session and avoid heavy, highly processed and greasy foods. This will allow your system to clear things out a little easier.
Your clothing should be loose and not restrictive.
Check for red marks on your skin when you remove your clothes at the end of the day. If there are, loosen up!
Activate your muscles with regular exercise and stretching.
Practice deep, diaphragmatic breathing. See your belly rise and fall as your body absorbs fresh, energizing oxygen.
Get in water. Compression from the water is one of the best ways to move lymph.
Individuals with Lymphedema should avoid hot temperatures and follow the advice from your doctor.
Learn Manual Lymph Drainage and Self Care Techniques from your Therapist.