Manual Lymphatic Massage is a gentle modality which helps the natural drainage of lymphatic fluid using light strokes, gentle skin stretching, and a pumping action. The lymphatic system, unlike the circulatory system, does not have a pump, therefore, when it is compromised, lymph fluid backs up. MLD is a specialized massage that helps redirect the fluid.
MLD which is most often used for people who have had lymph nodes removed through surgery or radiated with cancer treatments. I work mainly with those at risk for or are in early stages of Lymphedema, however, I do not provide bandaging. I work with local physical therapists to offer the best treatment plan for our clients.
A few more conditions MLD can help with are:
- Hospice care
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Migraine and Sinus Headaches,
MLD massage can help alleviate symptoms of headaches, hypertension, pain, edema, among many other ailments.
For more information visit these websites:
The Society of Oncology Massage – www.s4om.org