Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

MLD Photo 2What is MLD

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is what we call a “skin technique” . It is an advanced therapy in which the MLD therapist uses specialized , infinitely light, rhythmic pumping techniques on the skin in order encourage lymph to move in the direction in which the skin is being stretched. This stimulates the lymphatic vessels which carry substances vital to the defence of the body and removes waste products. MLD is used to help to treat a variety of conditions as well as being used for well being and relaxation .The first visit will include a consultation during which the therapist will recommend the number and frequency of future sessions. Depending on the condition being treated , sessions to help treat lymphoedema and other oedemas typically last approximately one hour and where appropriate the therapist will work in conjunction with your medical practitioner .MLD needs to be carried out by a fully qualified and reviewed therapist who has qualified in one of the recognized schools , Vodder , Casley-Smith , Leduc , Voldi .Benefits of MLDApart from being both preventative and remedial it can enhance your well being. Furthermore, MLD….Has been proven to be very efficient in the treatment and reduction of primary and secondary lymphoedema( please see below ).

  • MLD PhotoPromotes the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains and lessens pain.
  • Is deeply relaxing.
  • Can improve many chronic conditions: sinusitus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, acne and other skin conditions.
  • May strengthen the immune system as part of “detox” treatment.
  • Relieves fluid congestion: swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs due to pregnancy.
  • Is an effective component of the treatment and control of lymphoedema (which may occur after cancer treatment) and assists in conditions arising from venous insufficiency.
  • Promotes healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars.
  • Minimises or reduces stretch marks.Can be used to speed healing after cosmetic surgery.


What is Lymphoedema ?

Lymphoedema is the term used to describe swelling that can occur anywhere in the body, but most commonly affects the limbs. It is important to note, that swelling can occur for different reasons, and it is important that a diagnosis about the underlying cause of swelling is made by a qualified health care professional.

Lymphoedema can be classified as Primary or Secondary, depending on the cause. Primary Lymphoedema may be present at birth, develop at puberty or in mid-life, and relates to abnormal functioning of the lymphatic system.

Secondary lymphoedema may occur following treatment for cancer, surgery, radiation therapy, recurrent infections or trauma. If lymphoedema is left untreated, there is a risk that it may worsen over time. Lymphoedema is not curable, but there are ways to control and manage symptoms that can also help to improve quality of life.

How can Manual Lymphatic Drainage help ?

The lymphatic system is an important part of the body’s defences against infection. It is made up of groups of lymph nodes or glands throughout the body, connected by a network of lymphatic vessels. It contains cells which fight infection, transports excess fluid from body tissues and gets rid of waste and bacteria.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle, light touch skin technique used to treat and control different types of lymphoedema or swelling of an arm, leg or other part of the body due to an abnormal build-up of a fluid called lymph in the body tissues. MLD uses the lymphatic system to cleanse the body, reduce and ease swelling and strengthen the immune system by stimulating the flow of lymph.

If you wish to speak to someone to find out if MLD may be of benefit to you or would like prices or to book an appointment please call the friendly team at Holywell Healthcare on 01246 273848.