In order to emulate the natural muscle action on lymph vessels that moves lymph around
the body, the Therapist is required to use a very gentle form of massage - a light
touch is all that is needed particularly in those areas where the lymphatics are
close to the skin’s surface. As such, and as a side issue, it is a deeply relaxing
form of massage. Manual Lymphatic Drainage works through the application of these
gentle skin-movements - techniques which encourage the movement of lymph and which
help to create alternative paths around blocked areas into more centrally located
lymph vessels, allowing eventual drainage into the venous system. An improved Lymphatic
can promote the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains, and reduces pain
may benefit many chronic conditions, i.e. sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis, acne,
and other skin conditions
can strengthen the body’s immune system
Will relieve fluid congestion, i.e. swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes, and swollen
legs due to pregnancy. Also, breast tenderness before, during or after pregnancy
is an effective component in the treatment and control of lymphoedema, and can assist
in conditions arising from venous insufficiency.
promotes healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars.
Combined Decongestive Therapy
Combined Decongestive Therapy involves compression bandaging, applied after MLD treatment
- it helps prevent the accumulation of lymph fluid in the tissue.
CDT also involves exercise therapy and skin care advice. It is also used extensively
as an adjunct to the management of primary and secondary Lymphoedema.