What is it?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (also called lymphatic drainage and lymph massage) is a very gentle massage that encourages the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart.
It requires a specific rhythm and direction to increase the flow of the lymphatic system in the body.
Both healthy and symptomatic individuals can both benefit from this type of massage.
Common benefits include:
– Healing After Surgery
– Scar tissue reduction at incision sites
– Swelling management
– Detoxification of the body
– Stimulates regeneration of tissues and cells
– Improved immune system
Benefits for breast feeding mothers:
Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed a baby, as breast milk is full of nutrients and antibodies.
Lymph drainage massage can help to:
– Reduce the swelling of engorgement and ameliorate blocked ducts.
– Reduce soreness in the breasts and nipples
– Facilitate better and more efficient breastfeeding
Ultimately, the rhythm, pressure and motion of MLD work together to reduce pain and stress and to promote general vitality and well-being.
In addition to improving the breastfeeding experience and effectiveness, MLD can also help the immune system, which is directly linked to the lymphatic system.
If flow of lymphatic materials slows, the immune system weakens.
Lymph drainage massages can improve the function of the immune system and increase the production of antibodies that fight off infections, can also reduce inflammation in the body that causes diseases such as arthritis.