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Excess fluid and some waste products are removed from the body via the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is made up many tiny capillaries which themselves drain into larger lymph ducts. This fluid passes through lymph nodes that are part of the body’s immune system. If any part of this drainage system becomes damaged or incompetent, fluid known as oedema may build up in the body, causing swelling. The swelling may can be limited to one limb or joint or may be more widespread. If the oedema persists for 3 months or more it can be considered to be lymphoedema. The difference between a normal limb and one effected by lymphoedema may be likened to a free-flowing stream as opposed to a pond where fluids are stagnating. If fluids do not drain normally there is risk of infection, poor wound healing and skin changes. It is therefore important to manage the condition and mitigate those risks. This is achieved through a combination of MLD Massage, Compression Therapy, Skin Care and Exercise.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage [MLD]
MLD is a gentle skin touch massage, utilising a range of specialised and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move the skin in the direction of the lymph flow. This stimulates the lymphatic vessels, which carry substances vital to the defence of the body and removes waste products. The massage helps lymph to move from areas of swelling into other parts of the body where it can drain away normally. Advanced techniques can stimulate new lymph pathways to ‘re-route’ lymph away from affected areas. This type of massage is extremely gentle and unlike traditional body massage it works to ‘pull’ fluids towards drainage routes rather than ‘pushing’ fluid through the tissues. It works to maximise the potential and efficiency of a compromised lymphatic system. Treatment with MLD Massage normally starts at the neck before the therapist works distally clearing exit pathways for the lymph to flow. MLD can be used in both a preventative and remedial context to enhance wellbeing.
Electrotherapy modalities may be used during therapy sessions, including Low Level Laser Therapy and Deep Tissue Oscillation [Hivamat 200]