The lymphatic system is vital part of the defense system in the human body. Fluid that collects in tissues is taken up by the lymphatic vessels, pumped through the lymphatic system and is filtered in the lymph nodes (there are over 600 lymph nodes in the human body). Toxins, bacteria and foreign material is filtered out of the lymphatic fluid in the nodes and once it is ‘cleaned’ is drained back into the bloodstream.
As the lymphatic system does not have a pump like the heart to push the fluid round the system it relies on gravity, interstitial pressure within the body and muscles pump action to keep the fluid moving. Trauma, surgery, illness, disease, immobilisation and excess toxins in the body can all result in a poor functioning lymphatic system.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a very light massage technique which helps manually pump the lymph through the lymphatic system and back into the cardiovascular system. Its consists of node stimulation, pumping action and a gentle glide (the same pressure as rubbing your eye) to push fluid.
Who benefits from Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
Just about anyone can benefit from MLD. From those who have had surgery, cancer, trauma (such as sports injury) or have a chronic conditions (such as chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia) to those who just feel a little bit sluggish.
Not only does it help get rid of excess fluid and toxins from the body, it can help retrain the lymphatic system to work more effectively, help improve the immune system and restore vitality.