Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a post graduate course, light circular movement encourages the lymph to travel through the lymphatic system and clearing Lymph nodes
Primary and secondary oedema is where swelling of excess fluid is unable to go through the lymphatic system efficiently. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) assists the lymph through the lymphatic system, directing the fluid to the lymph nodes and clearing the lymph nodes of debris and increasing the immune system. In severe cases of excess oedema being in the limbs, bandaging the limb restricts the oedema in the limb. Cancer patients can suffer from secondary oedema several years after the biopsy of lymph nodes.
Whether you have had cancer and lymph nodes have been taken out for biopsy or damaged through radiotherapy and chemotherapy, MLD can encourage the lymph and redirect the flow to other areas in the body to relieve the oedema.
MLD also can assist those who have an immune deficiency by assisting the nodes to increase the production of monocytes and lymphocytes, including antibody producing plasma cells. If you are feeling run down MLD can clear the lymph nodes of viral and foreign matter to assist the recover.