What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is swelling in a part of the body due to fluid retention. It is possible for lymphedema to occur in any part of the body. It can happen over days, months, or years and can be temporary or ongoing. The swelling may cause pain, limited motion, tightness, numbness and even infection if left untreated.

What causes Lymphedema?

Primary Lymphedema is a condition that people are born with, but most lymphedema is caused by removal of the lymph nodes or radiation treatment for certain forms of cancer. Obesity and untreated vein problems in the legs can develop into lymphedema. Any form of surgery can result in the build up of lymph due to cutting through the lymphatic system.

What is MLD?

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle, but highly effective medical massage technique, that encourages the natural circulation of the lymph throughout the body, following the normal lymphatic pathways to improve the overall functioning of the lymphatic system. Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a very detailed, light, slow and rhythmic massage that stimulates the flow of the lymph fluid in the vessels and nodes of the lymph system. A theory describing the beneficial effects of MLD is that it stimulates a contractile or “pumping” mechanism within the superficial lymphatic system.

Conditions that may benefit from MLD?

  • Compromised immune systems
  • People who have undergone chemotherapy or radiation
  • Cosmetic surgery patients
  • Elderly
  • Migraine and chronic headaches
  • Common acne and acne rosacea
  • Constipation
  • Eczema
  • Tinnitus and Meniere’s
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid and osteo arthritis
  • Sinus congestion and chronic catarrh
  • Tendinitis
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Whiplash and other trauma
  • Scar tissue and bruising after surgery or injury
  • Therapy for rejuvenation as a beauty treatment
  • Puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles
  • Complement mobilization by physical therapy
  • Localized post-traumatic edema after bruising, distortion, fracture, dislocation or surgical procedures

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Surgical Procedures Associated

  • Oral
  • Orthopedic
  • Cosmetic
  • Reconstructive
  • Obstetric