“Lymph Drainage is a healthy, natural, painless and absolutely effective method which gives a new basis to life, health and beauty.” Dr. Emil Vodder 1936.
What is Manual lymphatic drainage?
Manual Lymph Drainage was developed in the 1930s by Danish doctor Emil Vodder and his wife, Estrid.
Manual lymphatic drainage is gently touch manual therapy technique using different gentle and slow hand movements and rhythmic pressures, which stimulate and supports the natural functioning of your lymphatic system and encourage the flow of lymph through the body to help with:
Lymphoedema (Primary and Secondary)
Skin conditions (Eczema and Acne)
Reducing swelling during your after-surgery recovery process
Sinusitis and congestion
Benefits of manual lymphatic drainage
- Relaxes from stress and anxiety
- Reduces bruising
- Minimises swelling
- Helps pain management
- Increases speed of recovery
- Boosts the immune system
- Softens tissue
- Increases mobility
- Improves the condition of the skin
- Reduces fluid retention
- Improves constipation and other digestive disorders.
What do you feel after the lymphatic drainage?
Generally, your limbs feel light, you are more relaxed, you may see reduction in the appearance of cellulite, feel less pain and feel more energy.
How often should you get a lymphatic drainage massage?
It is recommended that you get a series of lymphatic drainage sessions for maximum effect.
Why do we need to manually move the lymph system?
Basically, because of sedentary lifestyle we do not move our bodies enough to make this system work at maximum efficiency. Lymph system does not have a pump like the circulatory system has a heart and that is the reason why we need to encourage it to move, to get filtered through the body and out, taking with it harmful toxins. The waste products are released from the body with increased urination.
Why does Manual lymphatic drainage help pre- and after-surgery?
MLD is an effective treatment both before and after surgery which helps speed up the healing process.
As a pre-surgery treatment, MLD prepares the lymphatic system for surgery by ensuring that the lymph is flowing effectively and softening any tissue that may have hardened.
Due to the surgery, lymph nodes may be affected and the lymphatic fluid that would normally flow through them and be filtered by them, now finds itself without a clear pathway to follow. The fluid then leaves the lymphatic vessels and sits in the tissue surrounding that area. The fluid can build up over time, if untreated this build-up leads to swelling. Swelling is one of four stages that’s your body passing through. Phase called inflammatory phase causes excess filtration of fluid into the tissues. During that process, the transport capacity of the lymphatic system becomes overwhelmed and it can’t remove the swelling so effectively. When fluid lingers in the tissues for too long, it affects how the wound heals. Having manual lymphatic drainage, we are giving the lymphatic system a little external help by encouraging the fluid into the lymphatics, so it can continue what it does naturally which speeds up and optimises the healing process.
After surgery, MLD is also recommended to reduce pain, swelling and bruising and to encourage faster healing in the wound area, so that you can get back to your life as quickly and painlessly as possible. It also reduces the risk of complications from surgery, including the formation of scar tissue and fibrosis, an uneven hardening under the skin, and so is recommended by cosmetic surgeons after liposuction, breast augmentation or enlargement (augmentation mammoplasty), breast implant removals, breast lift, buttock lift, abdominoplasty.
Guided by my lifestyle motto “in a healthy body lives healthy spirit” and my love for a healthy lifestyle, I began to study and practice Maderotherapy.
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