Manual lymphatic drainage
(MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.
Lymphatic massage or lymph drainage massage is a technique used to help increase lymph flow.
Increased lymph flow removes harmful substances from the tissues and increases immune function.
Lymphatic massage can be useful in cases of edema, sports injury or for people experiencing a sluggish immune system or those suffering from a lack of energy.
What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in your body's ability heal from injury and ward off disease.
It is essential to the body's drainage system for cleansing and filtering out toxins and bacteria.
Problems With The Lymphatic System
Aches, pains, soreness and flu like symptoms could all be caused by congested lymph pathways.
The Benefits of Lymphatic Massage
Lymphatic massage can help to unblock the lymph system by manually cleansing the lymph system in a clockwise fashion.
Performing lymphatic massage correctly can stimulate the opening of the initial lymphatic and increase the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times.
Because lymph cleanses nearly every cell in your body the negative effects of chronic lymph blockages include but are not limited to:
o Frequent cold and flu infections
o Joint pain
o Headache and migraine
o Menstrual cramps
o Loss of appetite
o Mood irregularities