Chiropractic care beyond the cracksJune 1, 2023
Manual lymphatic drainage is a gentle, hands-on therapy designed to stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid throughout the body.
Lymphatic drainage involves specific massage techniques that aim to improve lymphatic circulation, remove toxins and waste products, reduce swelling, and boost the immune system. By using light, rhythmic movements, a trained therapist helps to activate the lymphatic system, which plays a crucial role in maintaining overall health and proper immune function.
There are also ways that you can do manual lymphatic drainage, known as MLD, for yourself between visits to your clinician. Knowing how to perform MLD is beneficial to aid in recovery after operations and can help reduce the effects, or even prevent lymphedema.
Manual lymphatic drainage benefits include:
- Improved lymphatic circulation: Manual lymphatic drainage helps to stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid, facilitating the removal of waste products, toxins, and excess fluid from tissues. This can reduce swelling, edema, and inflammation.
- Enhanced immune system function: By promoting lymphatic circulation, manual lymphatic drainage supports the immune system by increasing the production and circulation of lymphocytes, which are essential for fighting off infections and diseases.
- Detoxification: The therapy helps to flush out toxins, metabolic waste, and excess fluid from the body. Manual lymphatic drainage can have a purifying effect and may assist in reducing the burden on organs involved in detoxification, such as the liver and kidneys.
- Reduction in swelling and edema: Manual lymphatic drainage can effectively alleviate swelling and edema caused by conditions like lymphedema, post-surgical swelling, or injuries. It encourages the drainage of excess fluid and promotes tissue healing.What is edema: Edema is swelling caused by fluid in your body’s tissues. It usually occurs in the feet, ankles, and legs, but it can involve your entire body.
- Pain relief: By reducing inflammation and promoting healing, manual lymphatic drainage may help alleviate pain associated with conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, and sports injuries.
- Relaxation and stress reduction: The gentle, rhythmic movements involved in the therapy induce a state of deep relaxation, helping to relieve stress, and anxiety, and promote overall well-being.
- Post-operative recovery: MLD is commonly used as a complementary therapy after surgical procedures, helping to reduce swelling, promote healing, and accelerate recovery.
It’s important to note that individual results may vary, and it’s always advisable to consult a qualified healthcare professional or therapist to determine if manual lymphatic drainage is appropriate for your specific needs.
How do we use MLD at DISC? The therapy team can use this style of therapy as part of your treatment plan along with various other therapeutic techniques. If you’d like to learn more about MLD or schedule your appointment, make sure to get in touch!