Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Therapy
The other circulatory System: The Lymphatic system
The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy fluid balance in your body. Lymphocytes and other antibodies within the lymph (the fluid of the lymphatic system) defend your body from disease. The lymphatic system is part of your immune system. Lymph fluid circulates to cleanse and nourish body tissue and eliminates metabolic waste such as excess water and proteins. Additionally the lymphatic system aids in eliminating viruses, bacteria, dead cells, minerals and fat molecules all enhancing your immune function. Effective circulation of lymph fluid will promote good health.
Why movement matters
Since the lymphatic system has no pump, the lymph fluid must rely on movement of muscles and pulsation of the arteries in order to circulate properly. Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) therapy, with its gentle techniques, can manually remove blockages in the lymph system and restore proper flow. The revived lymph system cleanses body tissue of accumulated toxins, and pollutants, boosting the immune response. MLD can also beneficially effect the autonomic nervous system, moderating stress and increasing relaxation. Although MLD involves a light touch, it is not a simple technique. Each area of the body requires a different sequence of unique techniques performed according to natural lymph flow and drainage. Dr. Emil Vodder established this technique in the 1930’s and his original program is taught. For more information about Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapy click here to go to the Vodder schools frequently ask questions page.
What To Expect
Normal Responses to Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Therapy:
Feeling of lightness
Increased sense of wellbeing
Return to normal skin color
Sense of fluid movement, especially extremities
Drinking water is an excellent way to enhance your response to MLD, both before and after.
Unusual responses to MLD:
heightened sensitivity to touch
These exceptional symptoms are the result of unaccustomed fluid movement in your lymph system flushing toxins out of the tissues.
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By Maren Collins CMT