Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is an important part of the treatment of lymphedema. It moves excess fluids away from the swollen area so that it can drain away normally. MLD also stimulates and improves drainage in the healthy lymphatic system. Other conditions that respond well to this treatment include oedema, some sports injuries, chronic venous insufficiency and pregnancy.
It is quite different from remedial massage - it does not attempt to reach into the muscle tissue: it just brushes on the skin over the main lymph ducts in the face, neck, armpits etc. No oils or creams are used.
Lymphatic drainage is also a cleansing and re-energising treatment that uses gentle, repetitive massage techniques to specifically stimulate the function of the body's lymphatic and circulatory system. As such it has a therapeutic effect on the immune and nervous systems and is deeply relaxing, making it an effective treatment for stress. Lymphatic drainage can also improve congestion and pain associated with colds, flu, and blocked sinuses. It can help in the treatment of headaches, acne skin conditions and immune deficiencies. It should be mandatory in any detoxification process.