Manual Lymphatic Drainage
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Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a light, gentle massage technique to help promote movement of lymphatic fluid out of swollen limbs. MLD specifically focuses on lymph vessels to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph.


What is lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is a condition associated with swelling of one or more regions in the body caused by an accumulation of fluid (lymph) in tissues. It is due to a failure of the lymphatic system once the demand for drainage exceeds the capacity of lymphatic circulation.

The lymphatic system is made up of a network of vessels and nodes throughout the body which transport lymph from the body to the bloodstream.


What are the benefits of Lymphatic Drainage?
  • Increase blood and lymph circulation
  • Reduce oedema or swelling and inflammation
  • Encourage body detoxification
  • Induce relaxation


How does manual lymphatic drainage help?

Gentle massage strokes direct congested lymphatic areas in specific directions to reduce oedema. Lymph vessels are stimulated to open up and collect the excessive fluid.

Conditions that may benefit from MLD include:

  • Swollen legs or arms due to fluid retention
  • Lymphoedema due to cancer/removal of nodes / infection
  • Post-traumatic and post-surgical oedema


In some cases, complex lymphatic therapy is required, and this may involve bandaging and compression garments. You can search for an accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner at [].

There are many reasons for swelling of a body region. If you are unsure if MLD is right for you, speak to your GP for clearance.


At Western Myotherapy, manual lymphatic drainage techniques can be applied alongside Remedial Massage & Myotherapy treatments. Please call Western Myotherapy (03) 8001 2042 or visit our website for more information.


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