People experience swelling for several reasons: Temporary swelling is a natural part of the healing process when there has been an injury or surgery. People can also develop lymphedema, a more permanent swelling that occurs that requires ongoing management for a lifetime.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a manual technique of stimulating the lymphatic system to move more fluid faster. It is a form of light, yet specific massage. Just like your heart picks up its pace when you exercise, the lymphatic system picks up its pace when it is stimulated. This helps a slow and sluggish system clear itself more efficiently.
This treatment is ideal in preparing your body before surgery to increase immune function and decrease swelling after surgery. MLD is wonderful for the immune compromised or those who have trouble with chronic inflammatory conditions. MLD stimulates the body’s lymphatic system to reduce swelling faster, to remove cellular waste more efficiently, and to boost the immune system for a more effective response.