Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Sometimes fluid can accumulate in tissues and when the fluid builds to the point where it becomes too much for the lymphatics to drain it away, oedema (selling) occurs.

The main function of the lymphatic system is detoxification and disposal of metabolic waste and MLD is particularly beneficial when there is lymph congestion and stagnation. Stimulation of the system encourages clearing of waste materials. Many conditions respond favourably, including those involving fluid retention and swelling of the tissue, for example arthritis, sinus problems and sprains or strains. MLD is also an essential part of the aftercare treatment following VASER Liposuction procedures, to enhance healing following surgery.

A well functioning lymphatic system contributes to heathy body tissue and plays an important part in the body's immune responses.

During a MLD treatment, the therapist's fingers and hands are used to give repetitive light movements on the skin in a slow and rhythmical way, with very light pressure. These movements stimulate the lymphatic vessels to contract in a more organised and effective way. The hands are the only tools used in this technique and MLD has a very different touch to any other massage.

The subtle manual manoeuvres activate lymph and interstitial fluid transportation, as well as calming the sympathetic nervous system, hleping to bring balance between this and the parasympathetic nervous system (the 'night nerve', which permits us to rest, sleep and renew our strength for the next day). The precise movements of MLD are extremely important to the effectiveness of the techniques and outcomes.

MLD is both preventative and remedial and can enhance your well being. Furthermore, MLD can:-
- be deeply relaxing
- relieve chronic pain
- promote the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains and strains
- improve many chronic conditions; eg sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis
- relieve fluid congestion; eg swollen ankles or legs and tired, puffy eyes
- promote healing of wounds and burns and improve the appearance of old scars

A full consultation is undertaken before any treatment is offered, as it is vital that the therapist is aware of any reason why MLD might not be a suitable treatment for the particular client. MLD should not be used for people with acute imflammation, malignant tumours, thrombosis or major heart problems, for example, so each case is individually assessed and, if necessary, medical approval will be sought from a GP or consultant.

The first visit will include a consultation during which the therapist will recommend the number and frequency of future sessions.

MLD was first created and developed by Dr Emil Vodder in France in the 1920s and 1930s. Since this pioneering work, MLD has become a popular treatment in many European hospitals and clinics. Despite MLD's importance, there are few practitioners in this country who are trained to treat problems of a lymphatic nature effectively, and we are delighted that Lesley Batten is now qualified and registered with MLD UK and insured to offer Manual Lymphatic Drainage at Carre Street Clinic.

How much does it cost?

From£50 per hour

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