The manual massage encourages lymphatic flow and increases fluid drainage. As a result, the body is able to maximize the delivery of nutrients to tissues, remove metabolic waste and maintain fluid balance while stimulating the body’s immune system.
During a treatment, light pressure is applied using the hands. The skin is gently stretched and manipulated, moving from one draining lymph node basin to the other. A feeling of relaxation and relief is common both during and after the treatment. A MLD program is customized to the specific needs of each patient.
MLD is an ideal treatment for patients that are recovering from surgery or from an injury. The benefits of MLD include:
- Improved overall results
- Early resolution of swelling or edema
- Faster recovery time
- Faster return to normal activities
- Relaxing treatment that diminishes pain and inflammation
- Detoxify and cleanse the area of injury
- Improved energy following the treatment
It is safe to begin treatments 5-7 days following surgery or injury, and patients often continue treatments weekly until resolution of swelling and discomfort.