You’ve no doubt heard of remedial, sports and deep tissue massage. But there’s a lesser-known type of massage therapy that has equally as many benefits – lymphatic drainage massage. Technically known as Manual Lymphatic Draining (MLD), this gentle rhythmic massage is used to activate a sluggish lymphatic system, and is beneficial for the management of many health conditions and injuries.
A healthy lymphatic system has numerous benefits, including more effective removal of waste and toxins from the body, stronger immunity, and regulation of fluid and pressure within the body (eg. reduced swelling).
Who is Lymphatic Drainage Massage Good for?
MLD is beneficial for a wide range of people. In fact, over 60 different ailments and conditions can be treated using MLD. These include:
- Fluid retention
- After lymph node removal (eg. post-cancer treatment)
- Sports injuries
- Low immunity
- Migraine and Headaches
- PCOS and other women’s health issues
- Constipation/ digestive issues
- Cleansing of major organs
- Can improve scar tissue and reduce bruising
What does lymphatic drainage massage feel like?
MLD is a very gentle, relaxing treatment. Light, slow rhythmic circular movements using the finger tips are applied to the part of the body being treated, to gently push and stimulate lymph flow. The treatment can be performed with the patient wearing loose-fitting clothes, or via direct contact with skin draped with towels.
What are its major benefits?
Aside from reducing swelling and assisting in detoxification, MLD can boost immunity, reduce headaches, and assist in the management of PMS. And due to its slow, gentle movements, it is incredibly relaxing!
Are there any contraindications?
If you suffer from any of the following, please advise your therapist as MLD might not be suitable for you.
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
- Congestive heart problems
- Active blood clots, DVT
- Acute Phlebitis (inflammation of the veins)
- Bronchial asthma
- Acute inflammation
Manual Lymphatic Drainage may cause blood pressure to drop, which may result in some light headedness and lethargy. Ensure you drink plenty of water to assist in flushing out toxins and to aid urination. Avoid hot baths and saunas for at least a few hours, and avoid stimulants such as tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and alcohol for 24 hours.
Both of Collins Place Physio’s massage therapists have a special interest in lymphatic draining massage. Call now on 03 9650 2220 to make an appointment with Mariana or Sana today.