Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
Uschi Braun (Link to therapists own website)
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) works on the body’s lymphatic system (=lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes and lymphoid organs/tissues) to increase the natural lymphatic flow. The increased lymph flow can eliminate more toxins / waste products and transport more nutrients and thus helps to boost the immune system.
Compared to the cardiovascular system (which uses the heart as its ‘pump’) the lymphatic system has no ‘pump’ and thus lymph only flows because of pressure from surrounding skeletal muscles and contraction of smooth muscle tissue in the walls of the lymphatic vessels. However, this contraction needs some kind of pressure to set it off.
The lymph is a watery, colourless fluid that leaks out of blood vessels and accumulates in spaces between cells of body tissue. Lymph is very similar to the plasma in our blood.
Lymphatic Drainage is beneficial for swellings and especially BEFORE and AFTER operations.