18 Mar 2016

Lymphatic drainage

Lymphatic drainage is an important part of lympdoedema treatment. It’s a form of massage that helps stimulate the lymphatic system and encourages the flow of lymph fluid.
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a specialised massage technique that should only be practised by trained therapists. Manual Lymphatic Drainage UK holds a list of qualified MLD specialists. A course of MLD may last a few weeks and can be repeated again in the future.

You can also learn to do a simplified version of MLD at home yourself, called simple lymphatic drainage (SLD). It’s important that you’re taught this by a specialist. SLD helps stimulate the lymph channels and drain excess fluid.

Lymphatic drainage should be used in combination with deep breathing exercises before and after the massage.

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