How can Manual Lymph Drainage help?

Lymphatic Massage being done on a patient- Manual lymph drainage

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, rhythmic massage technique that stimulates the lymphatic system.

This technique assists with the transport of lymph fluid away from edematous (swollen) areas to non-edematous areas and reroutes fluid around blocked areas into healthy lymphatic regions and lymph nodes, which then filter its way back into the circulation system.

Healthy, clean fluid is then circulated throughout the body.

MLD is performed using light pressure to stretch the skin, along with the use of diaphragmatic breathing throughout the session to help open the deep lymphatic pathways.

Manual lymph Drainage can be used as a preventative, palliative, postoperative rehabilitation, and maintenance treatment, as well as facilitating quicker recovery from injury or surgery.

Many people have found relief from Lymph Drainage Therapies.

** A note of caution: being a Licensed Massage Therapist does not imply that a person is trained in or qualified to provide Manual Lymph Drainage for your lymphatic condition, especially post-surgical or post-cancer treatment. Pennsylvania allows Licensed Massage Therapists to become  Certified Lymphedema Therapists or to complete certification in Manual Lymph Drainage alone. CLT and MLD certification requires specific hours of advanced and specialized training through nationally recognized schools/programs, and qualified specialists will display their certification and/or use the CLT initials after their title.

Benefits Of Manual Lymph Drainage

  • Increased lymphatic flow and circulation

  • Decreased swelling/edema
  • Analgesic and soothing effects by promoting parasympathetic response (promotes deep relaxation)
  • Increased immune support
  • Drains toxins
  • Increased range of motion
  • Pain reduction
  • Increased quality of sleep
  • Stress reduction​