Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of massage therapy that is focused on promoting the flow of lymphatic fluid in the body. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and nodes that helps to remove waste and toxins from the body, and MLD is designed to help facilitate this process.
During an MLD session, a trained therapist will use a series of light, rhythmic strokes and gentle pressure to stimulate the lymphatic system and promote the flow of lymphatic fluid. This technique is designed to help the body eliminate excess fluid, reduce swelling and inflammation, and promote overall health and well-being.
MLD is often used to treat a variety of conditions, including lymphedema (swelling caused by the buildup of lymphatic fluid), sports injuries, chronic pain, and post-surgical swelling. It is also commonly used as a complementary therapy for cancer patients, as it can help to reduce swelling and promote healing after surgery or radiation therapy.
In addition to its physical benefits, MLD is also believed to have a positive effect on the mind and spirit. The massage can help to promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote a sense of overall well-being.
MLD is typically performed by a licensed massage therapist who has received specialized training in this technique. The massage is typically performed on a massage table, with the recipient fully clothed. Sessions can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the individual’s needs and goals.