Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Stimulating the body's own detox and decongesting system, Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is an advanced therapy in which the practitioner uses a range of specialised and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move the skin in the direction of the lymph flow. This in turn stimulates the lymphatic vessels that carry substances vital to the body’s defences, as well as helps in the removal of waste products. We use the Vodder Technique, the original technique developed years ago by Dr. Vodder and subject of many scientific studies, with considerable positive results.
The lymphatic system plays a vital role in the body by regulating the immune system. When the lymphatic system becomes compromised in any way, lymphatic fluid builds up and stagnates.
MLD clears blockages, eliminates metabolic wastes and toxins from the body, helps in the transport of nutrients to cells and increases metabolic efficiency, all adding to the reduction of excess fluid and can assist in weight reduction. It also has a very calming effect on the nervous system, helping to relieve stress and tension.
Please note: We do not treat lymphoedema. For lymphoedema therapists (DLT), please visit: http://www.mlduk.org.uk/therapists/
Also, medical permission may be required prior to MLD if suffering from certain conditions.
The benefits of MLD are considerable and are particularly relevant in today's environment where pollution, stress and deficient immune systems make many people susceptible to contagious disease and viral infections. MLD has a cumulative effect, so some regular sessions to start with are advised when dealing with a particular issue.
It’s advisable not to drink alcohol or caffeine after lymphatic drainage for the rest of that day as that would be reloading your newly-cleansed body with toxins, and it could make you feel a bit queasy. The most common side effects of this cleansing treatment to be aware of are urinating more frequently (as your body expels waste products) and tiredness. Rarely, people can feel slightly nauseous.
MLD is used to treat a wide range of conditions such as:
- Recovering from viruses and infections such as colds, flu, glandular fever and chest infections (not in acute phase)
- Muscle recovery after exercise
- ME (Chronic fatigue)
- Sinus problems
- Headaches (not acute)
- Pre and post operative cases (aids the healing process)
- Oedema and fluid build up / water retention
- Digestive disorders
- Skin conditions, e.g. scar tissue, rosacea and eczema
- Excess weight and cellulite
- Stress, anxiety and tension
Contraindications to MLD include:
- Any active cancer
- Acute infection
- Heart problems
- Acute allergies
Please note: We do not treat lymphoedema at our clinic. If you would like to find out where you can receive treatments for lymphoedema, or any information in general about MLD, you can visit the MLD UK website: http://www.mlduk.org.uk/.