Manual Lymph Drainage
Lymphatic drainage massage is a very gentle manual technique widely used in Europe and in larger cities across the US to increase lymphatic flow in the body which in turn stimulates immune function. Harmful substances are removed from the system and neutralized in the lymph nodes by lymphocytes (white blood cells). The lymphatic vessels are superficial to the musculature and just beneath the skin. The protocol is very gentle, but powerful. It has been proven that an increase in lymph flow stimulates an increased production of lymphocytes- enhancing immune function. Lymphatic drainage massage is a great ally in any massage therapist’s toolkit. By address the lymph system directly we are addressing the immune system directly, and with measurable results.
MLD Pre/post Surgery
Dermatologists and plastic surgeons have found it helpful in the regeneration of injured or burned tissue, as well as tissue that has been subject to scar tissue formation. As the lymph flow around the scar is increased, lymph vessels that have been damaged are stimulated to heal, and the increased lymph flow also draws away toxins, improving the health of the tissues.(Godart, S., “Lymphatic regeneration after second degree burn,” Progress in Lymphology, 1975/ Hutzshenreuter, P.O. and Brummer, H., “Manual Lymph Drainage used for Scar Healing,” University of Ulm). Lymphatic drainage massage can be used to prep the body for a variety of surgeries both elective and necessary, and it has been shown to help the scarring process by enhancing circulation and immunity.
Mld For Concussive Brain Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, And Neurologic Dysfunction
Most recently, in 2015, research from the University of Virginia has discovered lymphatic vessels throughout the brain and central nervous system (CNS). Textbooks are currently being rewritten to reflect this new awareness, as well as more research on the lymphatic system and its role in the health and maintenance of the CNS. Currently the NFL in response to the multi-billion dollar lawsuit regarding Concussive Brain Disorders is in the process of opening the first MLD clinic in Gainesville, Florida to research the benefits of this unique manual therapy on retired and current athletes with Parkinson’s ALS, Vascular dementia and other CNS issues that accompany Concussive Brain disorder.
MLD For Sports Injuries
Lymphatic drainage massage is also useful in treating sports injuries. After the initial inflammatory stage has passed, lymphatic work can be applied regularly for a period of time. This will help to clear the tissue of debris, and help to reduce the minor edema that sometimes occurs after deep use. Continued applications of lymphatic drainage while healing happens can help enhance the tissue regeneration process by keeping the tissues as healthy as possible.
MLD As An Anti Aging Intervention
Because of its anti aging effects to enhance the quality of the skin, can be used as an anti-aging treatment. When the lymph is flowing, the cells are being bathed in fresh fluid, cellular regeneration is increased with the increase of flow and cleaner fluids as toxins are neutralized causing the skin to look fresh glowing and alive.
MLD PRE/Post Natal
Expectant Mothers and New mothers especially if they have had or will have a C-section benefit from MLD. It reduces swelling, constipation, and overall discomfort during pregnancy. Post-natal benefits also include increased milk production and quicker recovery time.