Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a technique focusing on lymphatic nodes and vessels and uses light touch to move excess fluid out of the tissues and back into the vessels, hence promoting natural flow of the lymphatic fluid.
The lymphatic system is responsible for taking the toxins away from healthy cells and carrying germ-fighting materials to cells when they are under attack by viruses, protecting our body (immune function). Since it doesn’t have its own pumping mechanism, MLD and muscular contractions can help the fluid move throughout the body.
Our London Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment can effectively help the following conditions
- Oedema due to an injury
- Swelling after ablation of the lymph node after cancer (mainly breast cancer)
- Circulatory problem during and after pregnancy
- Heavy legs
It can also be used:
- Against cellulite
- To aid faster recovery after a surgery and avoid fibrosis
- To aid faster recovery after plastic surgery
Many women suffer from bad legs circulation, especially during pregnancy. Their feet and legs are often swollen and can be painful with a heavy leg sensation; hindering their free movement and making them feel uncomfortable. The manual lymphatic drainage is a very efficient tool to reduce the oedema and the heavy legs sensation.
Lymphatic drainage is also beneficial for aesthetic improvements, as it helps reduce cellulite. The orange peel effect of cellulite is caused by reduced circulation in the affected areas, which results in less oxygen and nutrients flowing to the fibrous tissues causing them to harden and thicken, resulting in this effect. Lymphatic drainage helps restore a good circulation in these areas, which, along with massage manipulations or Palper Rouler technique, reduces all the pits and bulges of the cellulite.
Manual lymphatic drainage is also particularly useful for patients who have sports injuries or who have post-surgery oedema. After the initial inflammatory stage has passed, lymphatic work can be applied to clear the debris of tissues. Continual use of lymphatic drainage while the patient is healing can help to enhance the tissue regeneration process by keeping the tissues as healthy as possible. It also helps scars to heal by enhancing circulation and immunity.
Although it is often referred to as massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage differs from traditional massage techniques that use deep and rigorous rubbing. MLD is a gentle “massage” and it should feel like brushing on your skin, not rubbing. Our London Physiotherapists at Excellence Physiotherapy have had several hours of training on MLD and years of hands-on experience. We will visit you at home in London to offer treatment, or if you prefer you can come and have your Lymphatic Drainage at either of the two Light Centre practices: Belgravia near Victoria station, or London Wall near Moorgate station, in the heart of the City, where you can relax and also have access to other services.
We are covered by most health insurances and are Bupa recognised and axa ppp recognised
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