Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic drainage massage (MLD) is a therapeutic technique aimed at stimulating the flow of lymph fluids throughout the body to aid in the removal of toxins and waste products, boost immune function and reduce inflammation.  The process involves gentle, rhythmic movements that target the lymphatic system, which is a vital part of the body’s immune system.  By applying light pressure and specific strokes, lymphatic drainage massage can help the lymphatic system effectively eliminate waste and excess fluids.

Lymphatic drainage massage is used to help with various health conditions that affect the lymphatic system, lymphedema and can also assist in managing chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and arthritis by promoting circulation and reducing inflammation.
The lymphatic system is part of the immune system which consists of a large network of lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, lymphoid organs, lymphoid tissues and lymph fluid.  It is responsible for balancing fluid levels and defending the body against infections.  It does this by collecting excess fluid, proteins and toxins from your cells and tissues and returning them to your bloodstream to be excreted.  When the lymphatic system doesn’t work well, fluid may accumulate and the body and limbs begin to swell.  This is called Lymphedema, which can be painful and cause infections and skin issues.
The most common symptom of lymphedema is swelling which may develop suddenly or come on slowly.  You may notice this swelling through:
  • you may not see or feel the veins or tendons in your hands or feet
  • your arms and legs can be different sizes
  • it feels as if your joints are unusually tight or inflexible
  • your skin seems puffy or red
  • your arms, legs or other parts of your body feel uncomfortably heavy or full
  • your clothes or jewellery fit more tightly than usual
Lymphedema is common after breast cancer surgery, pelvic surgery, radiation therapy, trauma and infection.  It can also be as a result of obesity, lack of activity, heart conditions, kidney disease and blood vessel issues.  If you have lymphedema after a mastectomy, lymph drainage massage can help ease mild to moderate symptoms after surgery.  More information can be found on the Cancer Research website.

Is a Lymphatic Drainage Massage painful?

Not at all. The technique involves using a gentle touch which promotes relaxation.

How quickly will results show?

Dependant on the condition and the level of swelling, many people find they see results immediately after the initial session!

How many sessions are recommended?

This will vary depending on the individual and the main area of concern and your Therapist will be able to advise what is recommended for your symptoms.  Regular follow-up sessions for maintenance are suggested to maintain fluid loss and increase overall wellness.

Is this service covered with private medical insurance?

This will depend on your insurance provider and the level of cover you have.  This is something that would need to be checked prior to your initial appointment.

To make an enquiry or book your appointment please call 01386 792126

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Alice Brooks-Davies

Physiotherapist
BSc, HCPC, MCSP