Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) was originally developed by a Dr Emil Vodder PhD in the 1930’s. The therapy consists of a manual massage that focuses on specific points, the lymph nodes and the natural flow of the lymphatic system. The treatment aims to reduce blockages of the lymphatic system and facilitate in the reduction of water retention. The treatment helps the removal of trapped fluids and toxins that cause swelling and puffiness which encourages a healthier body.
What is the lymphatic system?
The lymphatic system is a circulatory drainage system for the tissues which transports fluid and nutrients around the body. The lymphatic circulatory system is made up of a series of valves that only allow the lymph to travel in one direction around the body. Lymph is a transparent, colourless, watery liquid that derived from the tissue fluid and is contained within the lymphatic vessels. The lymph relies on muscle contraction and other natural functions of the body to move the lymph around the system to drain into lymphatic nodes and thoracic ducts. There are 100 lymphatic nodes strategically placed within the lymphatic system which filter the lymph which are important to the immune system. The lymph nodes generate several cells that remove or trap any microorganisms, harmful substances and cell debris that may cause infection. The thoracic ducts collect the lymph from the whole body and return it back to the blood via the subclavian veins.
What can lymphatic drainage be used for?
Puffiness caused from water retention
Improve appearance of skin
Boost the immune system
Lymphatic drainage cannot be used on people with thrombosis, heart problems and malignant tumours cancer, or people with acute inflammation. Lymphatic drainage affects the immune system therefore it is advisable to seek medical advice with conditions like; kidney problems, diabetes, thyroid or epilepsy.