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:

  • Sprain
  • Edema
  • Whiplash
  • Hematoma
  • Hospice care
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Migraine and Sinus Headaches,
  • Lyme
  • Lupus

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

http://www.stepup-speakout.org/manual_lymphatic_drainage_massage_lymphedema.htm

http://www.positivehealth.com/article/manual-lymphatic-drainage/manual-lymphatic-drainage-and-its-therapeutic-benefits

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