Manual Lymphatic Drainage

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At Bodytonic Clinic, we offer a detoxifying and stress-relieving lymphatic drainage massage treatment at our award-winning health and beauty clinic. MLD is a relaxing deep tissue massage treatment designed to encourage the flow of lymph throughout the body. Using light pressure to stimulate the flow of lymph fluid to the lymphatic vessels, this therapy has many physical benefits including such as treating health conditions such as lymphedema.

Our friendly and highly trained massage therapists will put you at ease and ensure that your experience is as comfortable as possible. If you have any problem areas that you would like to target, you can let them know about this during your consultation before your appointment. Rest assured, you will leave your appointment feeling restored! Experience the many benefits of a lymphatic drainage massage and book your appointment with us today.

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What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage

The manual lymph drainage massage is a very gentle form of massage therapy aimed at improving the flow of lymph under the skin using specialised techniques.. Lymph flow is stimulated by applying pressure and performing specific rhythmic movements to the body, to influence the lymphatic flow.

This is a different form of treatment than massage therapy, and there are no oils involved. The massage techniques used are catered just for the lymph drainage. This massage is designed to activate the musculature of the lymph vessel so they can contract more often, with the aim to improve blood circulation for more efficient waste disposal. Additionally, manual lymphatic drainage is a very relaxing massage that may help reduce stress levels.

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What are the benefits of manual lymphatic drainage?

Manual lymphatic drainage uses applied pressure and rhythmic movements to encourage lymphatic flow. Benefits of a manual lymphatic drainage massage may include:

  • Reducing lymphedema – this is the accumulation of fluid and/or tissue swelling.
  • Eliciting relaxation and reducing stress.

Please always consult your doctor before treatment

What is the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system is a network of thin vessels through which a watery fluid called lymph flows. The lymphatic system is a part of the immune system and is essentially the body’s drainage system which cleans up and disposes of all the waste left behind by other systems of the body. The waste can come from the normal breakdown of active muscle and from the food you eat.

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What are the benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

Manual lymphatic drainage uses applied pressure and rhythmic movements to stimulate lymph flow and promote physical wellness throughout the body. MLD carries the same benefits as some of our other massage treatments. These include:

  • Reduces lymphoedema – the accumulation of fluid and/or tissue swelling.
  • Elicits relaxation and reduces stress

If you would like to enquire further into our manual lymph drainage treatment please call one of the team or book online.

Please always consult your doctor before treatment.

When is Manual Lymphatic Drainage typically used?

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MLD massage is typically advised post-surgery. Individuals who have recently received liposuction find MLD particularly beneficial. Your immune system is linked to your lymphatic system. Therefore this type of treatment is perfect for those who have recently had surgery. However, it is important to seek the advice of your GP or a consultant before proceeding. Manual lymphatic drainage is often performed on:

  • Post-surgery clients
  • Clients who have had cosmetic surgery such as liposuction
  • Clients who have had lymph node removal
  •  Clients with a tendency to bloating and swelling

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We always want to make sure there is a healthy amount of flow. As a result, the pressure is very important with this treatment. This is why light and superficial pressure is done throughout the treatment. Depending on what areas are more swollen will dictate the type of massage that is required.

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What is the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system is a network of thin vessels through which a watery fluid called lymph flows. The lymphatic system is a part of the immune system and is essentially the body’s drainage system which cleans up and disposes of all the waste products left behind by other systems of the body. The waste can come from the normal breakdown of active muscle and from the food you eat. The lymphatic system also plays important roles in maintaining the body’s fluid levels, protecting the body from illnesses and helps to absorb fats from the body’s digestive tract.

What are the functions of the Lymphatic System?

  • Filters lymphatic fluid and drains fluid back into the bloodstream:
    • The lymphatic system collects excess fluids such as; water, minerals, proteins and other substances and brings them back to the blood circulation system to be removed.
  • Immune Response:
    • The lymph fluid passes through the lymph nodes (or glands which are found in the armpits or base of the neck). The lymph nodes act as a type of filter and trap and destroy anything that may be harmful to the body, such as bacteria or viruses. This may be the case when you have an infection. When lymph nodes are working to fight an infection they can swell. This explains why when we have the flu or sore throat we can sometimes feel the lymph nodes behind the ear or on the back of the neck swelling.
  • Fat Absorption and Transportation:
    • The final role of the lymphatic system is the absorption and transportation of fats and fat soluble vitamins from the digestive tract. Most nutrients in the digestive tract are absorbed by capillaries within the small intestine. However fat and fat soluble vitamins are absorbed by tiny lymphatic vessels known as lacteals.

Having a healthy active lifestyle (eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, exercising and managing stress) will also help to keep a healthy and well functioning lymphatic system.

What to expect during your Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment

  • During your first visit for manual lymphatic drainage your therapist will carry out a full consultation and medical history. This will enable your therapist to understand your main concerns and what your aims are for the treatment.
  • Your practitioner will then go on to explain your treatment plan.
  • Your practitioner will then leave the room to allow you to get ready for the treatment. The treatment is carried out in one of our beauty rooms where there is a calm and relaxing atmosphere.
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage sessions can be either 45 or 60 minutes long. Your therapist will advise you on which session duration is most appropriate.
  • After your massage your therapist will provide you with some aftercare advice and advise you on how many sessions you may need in order to achieve your goals and aims for treatment.

Aftercare advice for Manual Lymphatic Drainage

There are a few main pieces of advice to take into consideration after having a Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage

  • We recommend that you take it easy after your massage and don’t do anything particularly stressful or high energied.
  • Increasing your water intake after any massage including MLD is also important.
  • With Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage we recommend going for a gentle walk after the treatment as this continues the benefits of encouraging lymphatic fluid flow.
  • Wear your compression garment as recommended by your physician.
  • Once home if you have swelling on the lower limbs raising them above the heart will help the flow of the lymph.
  • If you have swelling on the feet it’s great to use epsom salts and cool water to help with this.
  • You can ask your therapist to give you some advice on how to carry out manual lymphatic drainage movements at home.

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FAQ’s – Common Manual lymphatic drainage massage questions

Generally very relaxed, it is a very light pressure massage so may induce calmness. After your massage you may need to make more frequent visits to the bathroom. It is also recommended to keep hydrated. You can expect the swelling to feel a little better but should see the real difference 8-24 hrs after treatment.

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that lymphatic massage can reduce weight.

Due to the massage movement and potential movement of lymphatic fluid you may feel nausea or lightheaded after treatment.
Everybody responds differently to manual lymphatic drainage. Some patients notice an instant relief in swelling and can see a visual difference. For others it may take anything from 8 hours to 24 hrs until a difference is noted in the area that has been treated. The swelling can and normally will return after 24hrs, this is why more than 1 session is normally required.
Symptoms of poor lymphatic drainage can include: swelling of the extremities including the hands, feet and outer limbs. Another symptoms can be bloating of the face and neck or swollen lymph nodes. This can be combined with lethargy and the general feeling of being run down.
Surgeons typically recommend for best results that you start your treatments the first few days following surgery (within the first 5 days).Some recommend that patients come for a standard number of treatment sessions.It is always recommended to discuss this with your consultant after your surgery.
How many sessions you may need will depend on a few different factors, including the amount of swelling and the cause. If your swelling is a result of surgery then your consultant will recommend the number of sessions that will be required. During your first treatment your therapist will create a personalized plan for your discussing your aims and goals of the treatment.
How often you should have manual lymphatic drainage depends on a number of different factors, including the cause of your swelling, the amount of swelling there is and if you have had surgery. If you have been recommended by your surgeon to have manual lymphatic drainage then they may also suggest how often you should come for the treatment.
One of the reasons why there is a hardened area where lipo-surgery has taken place is because the fluid and left-over fat tends to begin to harden between the first and third week after surgery, this is normal due to the severity of the surgery. The majority of swelling does improve after four weeks. You will be advised to wear a compression garment for the first four to six weeks after your procedure to minimize swelling, and help with pain control. Your surgeons will give you the best advice on aftercare.

How will I feel after a lymphatic massage?

Generally very relaxed, it is a very light pressure massage so may induce calmness. After your massage you may need to make more frequent visits to the bathroom. It is also recommended to keep hydrated. You can expect the swelling to feel a little better but should see the real difference 8-24 hrs after treatment.

Does Lymphatic Massage reduce weight?

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that lymphatic massage can reduce weight.

Can you feel sick after lymphatic drainage?

Due to the massage movement and potential movement of lymphatic fluid you may feel nausea or lightheaded after treatment.

How long does it take for lymphatic drainage to work?

Everybody responds differently to manual lymphatic drainage. Some patients notice an instant relief in swelling and can see a visual difference. For others it may take anything from 8hours to 24hrs until a difference is noted in the area that has been treated. The swelling can and normally will return after 24hrs, this is why more than 1 session is normally required.

What are the symptoms of poor lymphatic drainage?

Symptoms of poor lymphatic drainage can include: swelling of the extremities including the hands, feet and outer limbs. Another symptoms can be bloating of the face and neck or swollen lymph nodes. This can be combined with lethargy and the general feeling of being run down.

How long after cosmetic surgery can I get MLD?

Surgeons typically recommend for best results that you start your treatments the first few days following surgery (within the first 5 days).Some recommend that patients come for a standard number of treatment sessions.It is always recommended to discuss this with your consultant after your surgery.

How many sessions will I need?

How many sessions you may need will depend on a few different factors, including the amount of swelling and the cause. If your swelling is a result of surgery then your consultant will recommend the number of sessions that will be required. During your first treatment your therapist will create a personalized plan for your discussing your aims and goals of the treatment.

How often should you do lymphatic drainage massage?

How often you should have manual lymphatic drainage depends on a number of different factors, including the cause of your swelling, the amount of swelling there is and if you have had surgery. If you have been recommended by your surgeon to have manual lymphatic drainage then they may also suggest how often you should come for the treatment.

Why is the area of Lipo-surgery hardened?

One of the reasons why there is a hardened area where lipo-surgery has taken place is because the fluid and left-over fat tends to begin to harden between the first and third week after surgery, this is normal due to the severity of the surgery. The majority of swelling does improve after four weeks. You will be advised to wear a compression garment for the first four to six weeks after your procedure to minimize swelling, and help with pain control. Your surgeons will give you the best advice on aftercare.

Discounted M.L.D. treatment prices

Looking to make a saving on your MLD treatments. Simply book your next treatment and upon arrival request to either purchase 6 or 12 massages and make the saving below.

Click here for Terms and Conditions. 10% discount not available on OsteopathyPhysiotherapyFoot health or medical treatments.