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Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Massage Therapy

MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage) is a specialised massage technique that encourages lymph fluid to drain out of an area affected by swelling into an area that drains normally.  It is a gentle, non-invasive skin massage that helps to gently restore this system.

Our lymphatic system helps to protect us from infection and disease by acting as a one-way drainage system which filters excess fluid, toxins and waste. It is part of the circulatory system and is comprised of a network of very fine lymphatic vessels, which are somewhat similar to blood vessels. Unlike the circulation of the blood, the lymphatic system has no pumping mechanism. Instead, it relies, for example, on muscular movement and breathing to assist the flow of the lymph fluid.

The main benefits of Manual lymphatic drainage are:

  • Swelling reduction. MLD induces a pumping effect in the tissue. The lymphatic pathways’ own rhythm is accelerated to up to 20 times its normal rate. This enhanced drainage effect results in rapid decongestion and restoration of normal tissue condition.

  • Reduces pain levels and promotes relaxation.

  • Promotes a healthier immune system by accelerating the transportation of bacteria and allergens.


The main conditions that Manual lymphatic drainage can be used to treat include:

  • General wellbeing, relaxation and stress control

  • The prevention, treatment and control of lymphedema (swelling)

  • Post-surgery  - reduces swelling, pain, bruising, inflammation and prevents scarring

  • Fluid retention - swollen feet and ankles or anywhere in the body

  • Respiratory conditions - sinusitis, nasal congestion

  • Skin -cellulite

  • Pain – including joint pain, muscular pain, osteoarthritis, migraines, chronic headaches, rheumatoid arthritis

  • Pregnancy - Swollen legs and / or feet , cramps, relaxing

  • Digestive conditions - constipation, IBS

What can I expect at my first appointment?

I will send you a consultation form prior to your appointment to obtain a full medical history from you which includes past operations and illnesses, any current treatments, medicines or tablets you are taking as well as a history of the swelling and any investigations you have had to ensure I have a comprehensive background relating to your health and your appropriateness for this type of therapy.


What will I get from the appointment? 

Gradual improvement to the tissue and swelling condition. 

How long does treatment last? 

The first appointment will last for one hour and subsequent appointments can be either 30, 60 or 90 minutes, depending on your reason for treatment. 

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