Manual Lymphatic Drainage   

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a specialized area of Massage Therapy. MLD is helpful in decreasing swelling, lowering pain levels and is an extremely effective method of detoxification.

MLD is a gentle rhythmic, massage-like movement that requires a trained therapist to obtain positive results. It stimulates and enhances the flow of lymph fluid throughout the body's tissues. Patients find the techniques relaxing and effective with no side effects.

The lymphatic system has a vital role in the body by regulation the immune system, which protects the body against infection. MLD is an efficient way of detoxifying the body and stimulating immune defences. 

What Benefits Can be Gained with Lymphatic Drainage?

  • Removes metabolic wastes, excess water, toxins, bacteria and foreign substances.
  • Decreases pain and reduces stress.
  • Enhances immune system function.
  • Helps the Body to heal more quickly from injury and surgery.
  • Reduces edema (swelling).

Below are before and after pictures of the toe of a 64 year old man with diabetes.
He suffered with a toe ulcer on and off for two years. The before picture was taken on
September 29, 2017.  The after photo was taken on November 7, 2017.
He had nine treatments in total. As of April 2018 the toe was still healthy with no
recurrence of the ulcer.







 Treating Lymphedema


Lymphedema is abnormal swelling that usually occurs in the arms or legs as a result of surgery (i.e. lymph node removal), radiation or congenital malformation that impairs your lymphatic system function. MLD helps to redirect the lymph fluid to an area where it can be drained normally. In combination with skin care, bandaging, and compression garments MLD can provide very successful treatment.



MLD & Other Conditions

MLD can be used for many conditions. It is excellent for:

  • pre and post-surgical procedures

  • sinusitis, hay fever and tinnitus

  • eczema, leg ulcers, burns and scars

  • sprains, strains, muscle/ligament tears, arthritis, tendinitis and whiplash

  • migraines, RSD, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's

  • pregnancy

MLD is also excellent for fibromyalgia and other chronic pain syndromes when agressive massage may not be tolerable. No oils of any kind are used during treatment.