The lymphatic system is one of the key components of the immune system. Its primary function is the removal of toxins and waste from the body.
Toxins can be anything from drugs we take regularly to manage health conditions to motor vehicle fumes to natural inflammation produced by the body in response to surgeries and simple cuts and bruises. When the lymphatic system is working effectively you are better equipped to fight colds, resist allergens, reduce swelling and experience an overall sense of well-being.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and Lymph Drainage Therapy (LTD) are specialized techniques performed by a trained lymphatic therapist to stimulate the flow of lymph. The pressure used during the application of this modality is lighter that what you may have experienced when receiving other hands on treatments. The strokes are performed in a wave-like movement to help move the lymph in harmony with the normal rhythm of the body. The basic principle of this work is to facilitate the lymph to move smoothly and efficiently throughout the lymphatic system.
Lymphatic drainage can be a large part of the maintenance program for lymphedema. This work is beneficial for people from Stage 0 of lymphedema to those who have received Complete Decongestive Therapy. Lymphatic drainage allows the lymph system to work at its highest capacity by moving the stagnant lymph fluid out through open pathways that are still functioning. If lymph nodes have been damaged or removed, lymphatic drainage therapy redirects the lymph fluid so it does not collect in the area of the compromised nodes.