Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle form of massage that helps to move excess fluid out of your tissues and back into your lymph vessels and from there into the blood vessels. By picking up fluid (called lymph) that has leaked from the blood vessels into the tissues, the lymphatic system helps rid your body of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials and returns white blood cells to the bloodstream.
However, the lymphatic system does not have a pump, like the heart for the circulatory system. The movement of our body – stretching, walking – is what keeps the lymphatic system flowing. Therefore, when we are faced with surgery or injury and are not able to move our bodies regularly, the lymph fluid can stagnate and pool in our hands, feet, and other areas.
There are many benefits to a Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage, including:
Manual lymphatic drainage can help to reduce swelling, particularly after surgery or an injury. This can help to reduce the size of bruises and speed up the healing process.
The lymphatic system is responsible for transporting white blood cells throughout your body. These cells play a vital role in fighting infection and disease. By improving the flow of lymph fluids, manual lymphatic drainage may help to boost your immune system.
This type of massage can also help to reduce pain in your muscles and joints. The gentle pressure and strokes used in manual lymphatic drainage can help to release tension and knots in your muscles. This can lead to pain relief.
Manual lymphatic drainage may also help to improve your digestion. This type of massage can help to stimulate the movement of your intestines and reduce pressure on the colon. This can help to relieve constipation and bloating.
This type of massage is also very relaxing. The gentle pressure and strokes can help to calm your nervous system. This can lead to reduced stress levels and a feeling of relaxation.
Improved Skin Conditions.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage may also be beneficial for certain skin conditions. This type of massage can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. It can also help to speed up the healing of wounds and scars.
You can try Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) at home. To do this yourself, start by finding a comfortable position. Lie on your back on a flat surface with your arms at your sides. Make sure your knees are supported by placing a pillow beneath them.
Using light pressure and long, smooth strokes, massage from your feet up toward your trunk. As you massage each area, move slowly in a circular pattern. Be sure to avoid any areas that are sore or tender. Repeat this process several times a week. You should notice an improvement in lymphatic circulation within a few weeks.
If you’re looking for a natural way to improve your health, look no further than Manual Lymphatic Drainage. MLD has been shown to provide a wide range of benefits, from reduced swelling and inflammation to improved circulation and immunity. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.