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Manual Lymphatic Drainage near Consett

Your body has a system called the lymphatic system that helps keep you healthy and safe from harmful things. It works by keeping the fluid in your body balanced and protects you against infections. Lymph fluid can leak from capillaries into the tissues and if your lymphatic system doesn’t work very well or is blocked, it can result in extra fluid within your tissues.

Part of this system are the lymph nodes, which act like filters to help remove harmful waste from your body. They are found in different parts of your body like your neck, armpits, abdomen, and groin area.

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is different from regular massage and it can help with a condition called lymphoedema, which causes swelling in different parts of the body. This can be especially problematic following certain types of surgery. MLD was first developed and used by Dr Emil Vodder and his wife Estrid in Paris in 1936.

The lymphatic drainage techniques stimulate the lymph vessels under your skin to help reroute stagnant lymphatic fluid. This can be especially helpful if you have swelling in your face, neck, arms, legs, chest, or genital region.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Summary

Initial Consultation

45 - 60 Minutes - £50 (concession £45)

Follow-up Appointments

60 Minutes - £52 (concession £47)


Complimentry Services

Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapy can be conducted alongside regular massage therapy or on its own.

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage FAQs

How do I know if I need lymphatic drainage?

MLD is primarily used to treat painful swelling or fluid buildup in various areas of the body which may present as heaviness or tightness and/or restricted movement of the affected area. This swelling is called lymphedema and can occur alongside certain medical conditions or following certain types of medical treatment or surgery.

If you have fluid buildup or swelling as a result of a medical condition or treatment, then MLD may be able to help resolve this.

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Can massage help lymphedema?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage works similarly to regular massage except it’s done in a very specific way to encourage fluid out of the tissue and into the lymphatic system. Regular massage is too hard and not specific enough to promote lymphatic drainage.

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How is MLD Conducted?

MLD is typically treated when lying down, but if you have lymphoedema in your head and neck, you must sit up. You feel a gentle pressure when you undergo MLD; the skin movements are very light so that the little lymph vessels are not flattened. Flattened lymph vessels would obstruct lymph fluid drainage. The movements are slow and rhythmic, allowing the lymph vessels to open.

MLD can be taken daily or three times per week for around three weeks. The number of treatments you receive is determined by the nature of your complaint and the amount of swelling present.

Lymphatic drainage occurs in two stages:

Stage 1 – Clearing: This causes lymphatic fluid to be released from your tissues.
Stage 2 – Reabsorption: the movement of lymphatic fluid to lymph nodes.

The benefits of MLD?

Some of the claimed benefits may include:

• Removes toxins and boosts the immune system.
• Assist in all pre- and post-cosmetic surgery healing by minimising pain, bruising, and swelling.
• Treat various chronic diseases, including sinusitis, chest infections, and catarrh.
• Provide relief from IBS and constipation.
• Relieve arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis pain.
• Relieve persistent tiredness symptoms.
• Migraine relief.
• Aid in the treatment of skin problems such as acne.
• Assist in the reduction of all types of postoperative edema.
• Reduction in stress, worry, and tension levels.
• Correct hormonal imbalances (puberty, pre- & post-pregnancy, menopause).
• Reduce fluid congestion, such as puffy eyes, a swollen face, swollen legs and ankles, menstrual bloating, and pregnant fluid retention.

Is MLD for me?

If you are considering whether MLD is suitable for you, it’s essential to understand both its benefits and considerations.

Firstly, MLD is often sought after by individuals looking to reduce swelling and improve circulation, particularly those recovering from surgery or suffering from conditions such as lymphedema. By stimulating the lymphatic system, MLD can reduce swelling and promote the removal of waste and toxins from the body tissues. It’s also known for its deeply relaxing effects, which can be beneficial for stress relief.

However, MLD isn’t for everyone. It’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional if you have any underlying health conditions such as heart or kidney problems, acute infections, or certain types of cancer. MLD may not be recommended or may require adaptation for these conditions.

If you’re generally healthy, and seeking relief from swelling, arthritic pain, looking to aid your immune system, or wanting a gentle, therapeutic massage to alleviate stress then MLD might be an excellent option for you. Always ensure you go to a certified therapist trained in MLD, like those at Durham Family Chiropractic. Our Vodder trained MLD therapist can provide a tailored treatment plan based on your specific needs and health status. Remember, the key to benefiting from any therapeutic treatment is open communication with your therapist and a clear understanding of your health and wellness goals.

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What happens to your body after lymphatic drainage massage?

Following MLD you may have an increase in thirst and in some instances you may feel some fatigue, nausea or a headache. You may also notice an increase in energy and a reduction in swelling several days following MLD. 

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