The lymphatic system is an important part of our immune system. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body using gentle and rhythmic movements.
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is often referred to as being a type of massage, however, typically no oil or wax is used during the treatment and it is very gentle and extremely relaxing. Circular rhythmic movements and strokes are used during the treatment.
You can imagine the lymphatic system like the body’s waste disposal. It is responsible for cleansing our tissues and maintaining a balance of fluids within the body. It filters waste matter and harmful cells (via lymph nodes) and drains back into large veins of the body just behind the collarbone, on each side of the neck, goes back to the heart and is removed from the body as urine.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage initial consultation & treatment (90 mins) $129
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (30 mins – for face/neck only) $59
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (60 mins)$99
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (75 mins)$114
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (90 mins)$129
Lymph taping, (15 mins)from $15
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MLD is most commonly associated with the treatment of lymphoedema but what is Lymphoedema?
Lymphoedema is a chronic condition that can be successfully managed with ongoing combined decongestive therapy (CDT) for optimal comfort and well-being. It is an accumulation of excess lymphatic fluid within the tissues and can occur due to malformation, injury, surgical interference or trauma to the lymphatic system. Early detection and treatment are critical for preventing more severe symptoms and progression of lymphoedema.
Signs of lymphoedema
- Mild intermittent and/or gradual swelling of the affected limb
- Tightness, aching, a feeling of tingling or heaviness in the affected area
- Restricted range of motion
- Hardening and thickening of the skin as the condition develops
We differentiate between two types of Lymphoedema:
- Primary Lymphoedema: This is due to genetic or congenital malformation of the lymphatic system. Although present at birth, swelling is often not noticed until either puberty or later in life.
- Secondary Lymphoedema: This occurs following surgical intervention, trauma or other events which affect the anatomy or function of the lymphatic system. Some causes are: cancer treatment (surgery, radiation therapy), trauma, vascular insufficiency, infection, obesity. In many patients with cancer, lymphoedema does not develop until months or even years after therapy has concluded.
A condition called Lipoedema may co-exist with lymphoedema. This mainly affects the lower limbs but not including the ankles and/or feet. It can be inherited and is often triggered by hormonal effects (puberty, pregnancy etc).
Your first appointment includes an initial consultation, examination and discussion about treatment protocols, and how frequent your appointments should be.
The treatment typically includes manual lymphatic drainage therapy (massage), measuring to track volume maintenance, compression options, exercise and therapeutic skin care advice. We also offer lymph taping and self-care management education.
Daniela will work with you to find an individualized management plan for your lymphoedema or lipoedema. This may include bandaging in first instance to reduce significant swelling and prescription of compression garment to maintain the swelling in minimal size.
This is the application of an elastic cotton non-allergenic adhesive tape also known as Kinesio-tape. It is used as an adjunct to Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Combined Decompression Therapy and is also very useful in areas of the body that are difficult to apply other forms of compression to. Lymph taping may also be recommended as an alternative to compression garment in hot weather or if it is thought to be the best option due to other determining factors.
With correct application of the tape, the skin is slightly lifted creating some space in the dermis below and allowing the lymph fluid to move more freely to functioning lymph vessels where the fluid can be drained into. Lymph taping greatly assists the fascia with movement and stretching, it is also very beneficial for the treatment of fibrotic scar tissue. The tape is water-proof and can be worn for about 5-7 days.
Conditions Manual Lymphatic Drainage may also be suitable for:
- Venous oedema
- Oedemas or soft tissue swelling post-trauma, sports injuries, sprains and strains etc.
- Chronic sinusitis
- Post cosmetic and plastic surgery incl. tummy tuck, liposuction, breast augmentation
- Oedema during pregnancy
- Arthritic conditions
If you are unsure whether MLD can help you or you have got any questions about MLD, please don’t hesitate to contact us.