Manual Lymphatic Drainage
ABOUT THIS MODALITY
The lymphatic system is part of the immune system and helps the body fight infections. Lymphatic disease is a malfunction of the lymphatic system in which fluid, or lymph, does not pass properly through the lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels.The most common lymphatic disease is lymphedema. The most prevalent lymphatic disorder is lymphatic insufficiency, or lymphedema. This is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the interstitial tissue causing swelling, most often in the arm(s) and/or leg(s), and occasionally in other parts of the body. The severity of this disease varies from very mild complications to a disfiguring, painful and disabling condition. In addition, patients are often susceptible to serious life-threatening cellulite infections (deep skin), and if untreated, can spread systemically or require surgical intervention. It remains a lifelong functional problem requiring daily treatment for maintenance. Eventually the skin becomes fibrotic (thickening of the skin and subcutaneous tissues) with loss of normal architecture, function and mobility.
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle technique that focuses on moving lymph fluid. The practitioner follows the lymphatic pathways with light, rhythmic strokes that pushes fluid from the tissues into lymph vessels to be filtered by lymph nodes and returned to the circulatory system. The body filters 2-3 liters of lymph daily and MLD can increase the volume up to 20 times!
The lymphatic system plays an important roll in immune function (lymphocytes and other white blood cells) and MLD has many beneficial uses.
It is an essential part of Complete Decongestive Therapy for treating lymphedema. It speeds healing and reduces swelling after surgery and injuries. Its detoxifying effects can improve immune function after taking medications and with illnesses, such as frequent colds, Lyme disease, sinus infections, etc. The techniques of MLD were first introduced in the 1930s by Dr. Emil Vodder, PhD, MT, of Denmark. MLD is widely recognized in the United States as an effective treatment for tension and migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, allergies, poor leg circulation, lipedema, burns and wounds.
Source: Madge Lockwood and klosetraining.com
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