Lymphatic Drainage involves light, rhythmical massage that aids the body in collecting and moving lymphatic fluid, which plays a key role in delivering nutrients, antibodies and other immune constituents to the tissue cells of the body and removing debris such as toxins, cell waste and dead particles which are then cleansed by clusters of lymph nodes. MLD also works on the nervous system, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and improving sleep patterns.
The tissue fluid, or prelymph, can become static due to toxic or mucus overload, a blocked lymph passageway as a result of surgery or injury, or certain congenital problems. This leads to the puffy appearance of certain parts of the body, a slow healing process, and problems such as allergies, headaches, sinusitis, low energy and frequent infections.
A condition for which MLD has proved to be particularly effective is oedema (water retention) and, in its more serious form, lymphoedema - severe swelling of a limb or body part - which can lead in turn to cellulitis. MLD is an essential element of Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT), which is used to treat lymphoedema and also includes exercises for the affected limb, compression bandaging, skin care and wearing compression garments.
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