The Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
A skilfully applied MLD treatment results in greater performance of the lymphatic system.
Many of the lymph vessels lie superficially, close to the skin. These are stimulated by MLD; a light, rhythmic massage, assisting the lymph through the lymphatic system, helping it to work at its best ability.
It can help alleviate the symptoms of lymphedema, relieving the retention of fluids, for example during pregnancy and the menstrual cycle. This highly relaxing treatment can be of great health benefit, decreasing stress levels and increasing the functioning of the immune system.
A brief insight into the lymphatic system:
The lymphatic system drains the body tissues of excess fluid and returns this fluid via the lymph nodes to the cardiovascular system. This helps to maintain blood volume, blood pressure and prevents oedema.
A healthy lymphatic system also plays an important part in the body’s immune system.
The lymphatic nodes help to fight infection by filtering lymph and destroying invading microorganisms. Lymphocytes are reproduced in the lymph nodes and following infection they generate antibodies to prevent the body from subsequent infection.
The lymphatic system does not have a pump like the cardiovascular system. It depends on muscle movement, internal pressure changes during respiration and on the pull of the skin and fascia during movement. There are many aspects that can compromise the activity of the lymph system. Examples can be lack of movement and injury and even muscle tension can prevent lymph flow.