Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) MLD is a specialized massage technique that consists of very gentle and rhythmic movements, administered by a trained therapist. Each stroke slightly moves the skin in the direction of the lymphatic flow to encourage the movement of fluid out of a congested area of the body and back into circulation.
Feb 13, 2009 This was extra footage I shot a few years agosorry about the low quality: ) manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) What is the lymphatic system? This vital system is responsible for removing excess fluid and toxins from your bodys tissue through a network of fine vessels and ducts. Our lymphatic system can become blocked or compromised due to hormonal or environmental imbalances, or as the result of Manual Lymph Drainage is gentle and relaxing, but has powerful effects.
It consists of a slow, rhythmic progression of light strokes, and some gentle stretching of the skin. Clearing superficial congestion from the lymph system creates a vacuum effect, pulling up fluid from deeper, more distant parts of the body. Lymphatic massage, also called lymphatic drainage or manual lymph drainage, is a technique developed in Germany for treatment of lymphedema, an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery, most often a mastectomy for breast cancer.
Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a gentle manual treatment technique based on four basic strokes, which were initially developed in the 1930s by Dr. Emil Vodder, a Lymphatic drainage, or lymph massage, is a gentle approach that focuses on the top layers of tissues for the enhancement of lymphatic circulation. At its most basic, lymph drainage can help clients improve metabolism, regenerate body tissue, normalize organ function, and boost the immune system.
Read on to learn more about how to perform lymphatic drainage massage on both the upper and lower extremities. Newsletter Medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHNBC, CHT