Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a gentle modality designed to assist the natural movement of lymphatic fluid. I use carefully choreographed light strokes, gentle skin stretching, and a pumping action to direct and-where necessary-redirect this fluid to drain better, ease certain kinds of swelling, and prevent swelling.
MLD is most ofen used with people who have had lymph nodes removed through surgery, or treated with radiation in cancer treatment. These treatments may put them at a risk for lymphedema, a specific kind of swelling generated by a backup of lymph when the lymphatic system is compromised.
I use MLD when people are at risk for lymphedema, or are in the early stages of lymphedema. I do not provide bandaging for acute lymphedema-instead, I collaborate or refer to local physical therapists to develop a treatment plan for clients in need of acute lymphedema treatment.
Clients tell us MLD has also helped with:
- Edema (other causes of swelling)
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Lupus
- Lyme disease
- MLD can even support people in hospice care
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