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What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

I’m often asked this question, and I could write a full report for you, but I’ll try to keep it brief:

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage that stimulates the lymphatic vessels which carry substances vital to the defence of the body and remove waste products. During the 1930’s Dr Vodder created this unique range movements which brought relief from long term conditions such as sinus congestion.

Since Vodder’s pioneering work, MLD has spread worldwide and has become a popular treatment in many European hospitals and clinics. It’s now gained acceptance worldwide as a component in the treatment and control of lymphoedema – a long-term condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues.

What are the benefits?

• MLD is both preventative and remedial and can enhance well being
• Is deeply relaxing
• Promotes the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains and lessens pain
• Can improve many chronic conditions: sinusitus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, acne and other skin conditions
• May strengthen the immune system as part of “detox” treatment
• Relieves fluid congestion: swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs due to pregnancy
• Is an effective component of the treatment and control of lymphoedema (which may occur after cancer treatment) and assists in conditions arising from venous insufficiency
• Promotes healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars
• Minimises or reduces stretch marks
• Can be used to speed healing after cosmetic surgery

A little clearer? If you’re still unsure I will gladly chat to you more or send you that report!

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