Manual lymphatic drainage massage is an advanced massage technique that focuses on stimulating the lymph vessels to decongest and promote lymph flow and drainage. It also assists with detoxification to stimulate the immune system and parasympathetic nervous system (our rest and digest system), aiding the natural healing response of the body.
Indications for MLD
- Lymphoedema (prevention and management)
- Oedema reduction or chronic inflammation
- Pre and post surgical or injury
- Scar tissue
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Sinusitis and hayfever
- Dentistry work that causes pain or swelling
A Fat Disorder- Not Obesity
What does it look like?
Initially, lipoedema in it’s early stages is often just a disproportionate “pear” shape figure. One part of the body (mostly hips and upper thighs or arms) tend to be larger than the rest of the body. The skin starts smooth, but as the condition progresses, the skin often develops an appearance of orange peel and beneath the skin you may feel little nodules of fat like peas under he skin.
What are the symptoms of having lipoedema?
- A feeling of heaviness in the legs or arms
- Spider or varicose veins
- Unexplained weight gain
- Bruise easily and sensitive to pain
- Difficulty in losing weight on legs or arms
- Cold to touch legs or arms
Manual lymphatic drainage massage can aid in reducing the progresssion of lipoedma, help smooth skin texture and relieve feelings of tired and heavy limbs. During your treatment other self-help techniques such as dry body brushing, compression garments, appropriate exercise and the use of a Sequential Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (SIPC) unit can be discussed.
Lymphoedema is a swelling of a part of the body, usually a limb and can occur as a side effect of cancer treatment when lymph nodes have been removed or damaged. This causes lymph fluid to build up in tissue under the skin.
Symptoms of lymphoedema can include:
- visible swelling
- an aching or tingling feeling
- being unable to fully move the affected limb
- tightness or heaviness of the limb
- pitting of the skin
There is no cure for lymphoedema. The aim of the treatment is to improve the flow of lymph fluid through the affected area. This will help reduce swelling and improve the health of the swollen tissue. Reducing the swelling will lower the risk of infection, make movement easier and more comfortable, and improve overall well-being.
During your treatment other management techniques can be discussed such as skin care, compression garments, approriate exercise and the use of a Sequential Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (SIPC) unit.
Oncology massage is a gentle therapeutic touch massage that supports you whilst living with a cancer diagnosis. Research shows that Oncology Massage Therapy can help reduce the side effects from conventional treatment for cancer. Plus improves the quality of life when undergoing cancer treatment or with a history of living with cancer.
Even after a single treatment experiences such as these were reported:
- Reduced pain
- Reduced fatigue
- Reduced nausea
- Reduced swelling
- Reduced depressive symptoms (such as anxiety)
- Improvement in shortness of breath and dry mouth
- Improvement in overall well-being and sleep