Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a specialized technique designed to assist proper lymphatic circulation. This gentle treatment helps treat a variety of conditions and symptoms, including edema, chronic pain, muscle tension, and stress-related ailments. During an MLD session, the therapist uses their hands to apply specific pressure and techniques to the affected area. This helps to stimulate the lymphatic vessels and encourages the proper flow of lymphatic fluid throughout the body.
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Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Conditions that benefit from lymphatic drainage massages are:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis: This is ongoing arthritis in your joints causing joint pain, swelling, and stiffness.
  • Fibromyalgia: This condition causes chronic muscle and joint pain.
  • Chronic venous insufficiency: This happens when your leg veins aren't working effectively, making it hard for your blood to return to your heart from your legs.
  • Lipedema: This happens when excess fat accumulates in your lower body, blocking your lymphatic pathway and causing lymphedema.

Generally speaking, manual lymphatic drainage is a safe treatment. There are some conditions and circumstances where manual lymphatic drainage is not recommended. If you have any of the following we ask that you not book an appointment and contact our office for instructions:

  • Acute infection
  • Renal failure
  • Cardiac edema
  • Severe CHF
  • Severe hypertension
  • Acute DVT
  • Lymphedema
  • Removal of lymph nodes
  • Pregnancy
  • Aneurysm



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