Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is an advanced therapy where the practitioner uses various rhythmic pumping techniques. These also move the skin in the direction of the lymph flow. It also stimulates the lymphatic vessels that carry substances vital to the body’s defense and the removal of waste products.
What are the Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Lymphatic drainage clears blockages and eliminates metabolic wastes and toxins from the body. It also helps transport nutrients to cells and increases metabolic efficiency. This treatment adds to the reduction of excess fluid and can assist in weight reduction. It also has a calming effect on the nervous system and helps relieve stress and tension. Lymphatic drainage is also a beauty treatment for the face that improves the appearance of the skin and reduces puffiness. It also helps rejuvenate collagen fibers and slow the aging process.
What Conditions Can Benefit from Lymphatic Drainage?
Obtaining permission from your doctor is paramount in the relevant cases.
- Stress, anxiety, tension
- Chronic fatigue, migraine, blocked sinus, hay fever
- Recurring infections (colds, flu, ear, chest)
- Pre and postoperative cases (cosmetic surgery, removal of lymph nodes
- The toxic build-up, edema, and fluid retention (puffy ankles, legs, eyes, bloating)
- Cellulite and excess weight
- Constipation and other digestive disorders
- Scar tissue
The Lymphatic System
Furthermore, the lymphatic system also plays a vital role in regulating the immune system. When compromised, the lymphatic system builds up fluids and stagnates. It causes the entire system to become toxic. Our Lymphatic System collects around 20% of tissue fluids separated from the blood flow during metabolism. Moreover, the Lymphatic System acts as an overflow and prevents the body tissues from swelling up.
Furthermore, the Lymph collectors carry lymph to the lymph nodes responsible for filtering the lymph and producing antibodies. These include both lymphocytes and monocytes. These then return to the bloodstream, and every cell boosts its immunity. The production of lymphocytes increases, and the lymph flow increases through all the nodes. The circulation of lymph in the body largely depends on physical movement. Stimulating the lymph flow in one area of the body will increase lymph flow in another.
In addition, the superficial lymph collectors drain about 70% of lymph in the body. Their location is under the top thin layer of skin or epidermis above the fascia and muscles. We stimulate these areas during the Lymphatic Drainage Massage.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Contraindications
- Any active cancer
- Acute infection
- Acute allergies
- Treated or terminal cancer
- Pre-cancerous skin lesions or raised moles
- Chronic inflammation
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Bronchial asthma
- Pregnancy in the first trimester with a history of complications
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