MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
Your Lymphatic System
It is made up of a large network of lymphatic vessels, lymphatic or lymphoid organs, and lymphoid tissues that works closely with your cardiovascular system. The Lymphatic System assists with removal of excess fluids from the tissues, absorption of fatty acids and subsequent, production of immune cells as the body’s primary defense.
How Lymph Flows
Lymph flows in only one direction within its own system. This flow is only upward toward the neck. Here, it flows into the venous blood stream through the subclavian veins which are located on either sides of the neck near the collarbones.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) can accelerate recovery and healing, and detoxify your system from anesthesia, prescriptions, and post-op major/cosmetic surgeries.
This treatment applies light, flowing strokes of massage in specific patterns with the goal of alleviating lymph edema (swelling). Since the lymphatic system is a delicate network of capillaries resting just underneath the surface of the skin, pressure exceeding the weight of a quarter flattens the capillaries and prevents the fluid from moving.
After surgery or illness, the lymph nodes commonly swell and become filled with fluid. This can become extremely uncomfortable and even painful if not addressed. Your lymph detox treatment is designed to drain this excess fluid and move it out of the lymph nodes, improving recovery time. Treatments also include scar tissue management and adhesion treatment with assisted instruments to reduce fibrosis which can lead to stubborn scarred tissue.
YOUR PROCESS TO RECOVERY
Every session begins with a thorough assessment of the client’s readiness for having a Manual Lymphatic Drainage session and regimen. Assessing the timeframe of any pre or post-operative sessions and clearance from the client’s health care provider.
Each Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage includes slow, rhythmic strokes that encourage movement of lymph through the lymphatic system. Hands on techniques mimic the anatomic lymphatic pathways, transporting fluid from congested areas toward healthier lymph nodes that will drain back into the venous system. For optimal results, a MLD session should be performed 2-3 times a week.
Each session is completed with a customized post-session regimen to promote faster recovery and healing. This is often associated with a supplemental activity or routine specific to the client’s, such as aerobic or flexibility exercise, breathing techniques, or resistance training.
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