MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE (MLD)
I am qualified to Level 1, so am unfortunately unable to treat people with oedemas that are not caused by operation or injury, or general water retention. If you would like to find out where you can receive treatments for lymphoedema, or any information in general about MLD, you can visit the MLD UK website: http://www.mlduk.org.uk/.
As with massage, I advise drinking water after the treatment, to help the body flush out the toxins. I also give lymphatic-specific homecare advice. This may include simple tips such as elevating a swollen leg to assist venous return and the flow of lymph; or information about compression stockings; or particular exercises that may help to stimulate the lymphatic system.
A couple of examples of successful treatments that I have carried out:
• Helping to reduce swelling in an ankle that a patient had experienced for several years after an injury, which went back to almost normal after a course of six treatments
• Calming a patient with chronic digestive issues who suffer from a lot of gas – she felt it helped to release the gas
• Aiding the quick reduction in swelling and scar tissue in a patient who had undergone knee surgery – the surgeon even commented on how impressed he was with the recovery
Contraindications (when the treatment is not advised / or when necessary to proceed with caution):
• This therapy is not suitable for people undergoing treatment for cancer. It is fine / can be adapted when you have recovered and had your doctor’s permission
• Acute infections and viruses
• During the first three days of a cold
• Cardiac decompensation
• Unusually low or high blood pressure (diagnosed)
• Pregnancy – seek doctor’s permission
It’s advisable not to drink alcohol or caffeine after lymphatic drainage for the rest of that day as that would be reloading your newly-cleansed body with toxins, and it could make you feel a bit queasy. The most common side effects of this cleansing treatment to be aware of are urinating more frequently (as your body expels waste products) and tiredness. Rarely, people can feel slightly nauseous. As with the feeling of soreness after a massage, the nausea is usually experienced by people who have not had the treatment before or not for a long time. Also similarly to massage, good results are achieved and side effects eliminated/reduced after a series of regular treatments.