Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Manual Lymphatic Drainage [MLD] is a unique, gentle type of skin massage technique that promotes lymph to drain out of a limb into an area that drains normally. It is mainly used for lymphoedema. In addition to improving lymphatic circulation, MLD also increases blood flow in deep and superficial veins
A very light touch therapy where the skin is worked on in a rhymical and monotonous way, to get the superficial lymph vessels which lie very close to the skin to create lymphatic flow which has an effect on the deeper vessels thus creating drainage in an area where there is oedema (swelling ) and fibrotic tissue ( hard tissue ). Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapy (MLD) is the A class treatment for the following situations:
Lymphoedema as a secondary condition as a result of cancer operations where nodes are often removed or compromised
Other secondary situations where Lymphoedema can arise are veinstripping, after traumatic Orthopaedic surgery operations and situations wherelymph nodes have been damaged and or sacrificed Lymphoedema as a primary due toa faulty lymphatic system, eg damaged vessels , too few vessels , inadequatenodes etc...... a condition which can arise from birth, during adolescence orlater in life.
Lipoedema Venous oedema
Pre and post cosmetic surgery such as liposurgery, vaserliposuction to drain and reduce bruising much more quickly and promote healing
What does MLD involve?
MLD is a very light touch therapy where the skin is worked on ina rhymical and monotonous way, to get the superficial lymph vessels which lievery close to the skin to create lymphatic flow which has an effect on thedeeper vessels thus creating drainage in an area where there is oedema(swelling ) and fibrotic tissue ( hard tissue ) .
The therapist drains the area to the next viable nodes in orderto reduce swelling and pain. MLD is a non-painful and very relaxing treatmentwhich works hand in hand with compression (we generally need to use compressionbandages or use compression garments which are individual tailored )
Deep oscillation via the Hivamat equipment(distributed by Physiopod) is often used with the MLD technique by sending anelectrostatic current into the area to break down and disperse the swellingmore quickly.
Most patients need several treatments closetogether and over a certain amount of weeks.
Patients are taught to do some self massagetechniques as well as breathing techniques and exercises to further what Isachieved in an MLD/CDT treatment.
The aim of this is empower patients to takecare of their limb/s and educate them on how to self manage their condition asmuch as possible in order to lead as normal a life as possible
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