Manual Lymphatic Drainage has powerful cleansing, relaxing, pain relieving and immunological effects. In its manual form, it is a gentle, flowing, rhythmic massage.
It is used primarily to promote the optimal functioning of the lymphatic vessels that lead to the circulatory system. Manual Lymphatic Drainage techniques facilitate the removal of metabolic wastes, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules and foreign substances from tissue via the initial lymph vessels and the venous capillaries.
Manual Lymphatic drainage relaxes the sympathetic nervous system, reduces pain, and enhances the activity of the immune system. It is effective in the treatment of a wide variety of problems including oedema, skin disorders, headache, sinus congestion, sprains and aches, stress, digestive disorders, and before and after surgery to remove tissue congestion and minimise scar formation. Particularly useful as part of postmastectomy therapy, to reduce oedema and fibrosis and to relieve pain and tension.
Manual Lymphatic drainage is extremely gentle and feels wonderful and relaxing. The majority of patients either fall asleep or go into a highly relaxed state, due to the slow, gentle rhythmic motions involved.