Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, skin-deep massage technique that moves lymphatic fluid in areas where flow is inadequate due to lymph node damage. MLD is not intended to release knots in muscle, but rather to detoxify tissues and reduce swelling from Lymphedema. It is also very calming, with soft, rhythmic movements that often lull the client into an extremely relaxed state.
Clusters of lymph nodes are located in the armpits and groin areas. Their job is to help return the body’s fluids to the heart. When nodes have been surgically removed or damaged by radiation, they cannot function properly, and fluid may back up. This can cause swelling (Lymphedema) and a feeling of fullness. Swelling from Lymphedema is often uncomfortable and sometimes severe enough to cause disfigurement.
Lymphedema is a common side effect of cancer treatment and most often occurs in the arm on the same side as a mastectomy or lumpectomy. According to the American Cancer Society and Oncology Nurse Advisor Website, “Approximately 20% of women who have had axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) will be affected” and even a sentinel node biopsy creates a 5% risk of developing Lymphedema. For this reason, deep massage should NEVER be done on the affected limb.
Cancer patients and survivors at risk of developing Lymphedema can benefit from regular Manual Lymph Drainage sessions. MLD can help keep managed Lymphedema under control.
Note: We are not trained to take on serious cases that require bandaging or wound care.
If you have questions contact us to find out if MLD is for you.
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