Updated: Feb 18
Above is an illustration of our lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. It helps regulate fluids in our body.
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a very gentle form of massage and can help to reawaken the body’s immune system by encouraging the flow and release of lymphatic fluid. This can help reduce water retention, otherwise known as edema. Manual lymphatic drainage can also be a good complementary therapy to assist the body’s natural detoxification process and clear the body of any toxins.
It is ideal for those needing gentle handling, whether pregnant or postnatal. Depending on the condition, treatment can be localized or generalized to the whole body. Areas that can be treated include the legs, face, back or the whole body. Anyone can have manual lymphatic drainage, but it can be particularly useful in the following circumstances:
If you are feeling fatigued
Swollen ankles, inflamed legs, or any types of edema in pregnancy
To help reduce puffy eyes
Increase energy levels
Carpal tunnel during pregnancy
Aid stress relief
After a cesarean delivery to help speed up recovery and aid the healing process
Help normalize milk flow
If you experience painful period due to a sluggish lymphatic system
Reduce inflammation, particularly inflammation that can occur during breast cancer treatment
To support the reduction of cellulite
If you’re suffering with tired feet or water retention, Manual Lymphatic Drainage during pregnancy can be very helpful. This gentle massage technique helps to encourage the flow and release of excess fluid held within the tissues just below the skin. This is why many women find it very beneficial, especially during the later stages of pregnancy, to help prevent or treat edema.
Fluid retention can cause uncomfortable temporary conditions such as carpel tunnel and swollen ankles during pregnancy. Many women find that as they progress through the third trimester and reach the last few weeks, swollen feet and ankles can become very uncomfortable. By gently moving the lymphatic fluid using light massage strokes, manual lymphatic drainage can be very beneficial, as well as promoting relaxation and calm.
When should you get it?
This technique is very gentle and safe, at anytime. Even a day after surgery (incision area would be avoided) .
How often should I get this massage?
You will see a difference in one treatment. Depending on your goals, and condition, you could receive this work once a week to once a month.
What should I expect?
This treatment is very gentle. We use very light pressure as the lymphatic system is very superficial.
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