Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is the common name given to a massage technique used to treat lymphedema. The swelling caused by lymphedema arises when the lymphatic system (lymphatic vessels or lymph nodes or both) is damaged and cannot transport lymph back to the blood circulation. When this happens, large protein and fat molecules collect in the interstitial spaces and chronic inflammation and scar tissue develop. Because its normal flow is impeded, lymphatic fluid backs up, causing the swelling called lymphedema.
Many uses of Manual Lymphedema Drainage:
* Relieve swollen limbs
* Post-cancer treatment
* Relieve swollen ankles
* Reduce plastic surgery bruising and swelling
* Shorten recovery time after surgery
* Reduce symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
We have several years experience providing dressing and wound care services for circulatory deficiencies caused by lymphedema. We are also certified to fit compression garments.
Information is available from our therapists and from organizations such as the Academy of Lymphatic Studies and the National Lymphedema Network.
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