Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Are you fatigued, experiencing chronic pain? Do you feel that you have extra fluid in your body? Do you have swelling from surgery or trauma-related edema, like a sprained ankle? Manual Lymphatic Drainage moves the lymph through the body, especially in areas of the body that are swollen from trauma-related edema such as post-surgery recovery and rehabilitation,  or injury, thereby relieving pressure and enhancing the function of the immune system.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage promotes the healthy flow of lymph, the clear fluid that supports immune system function by flowing through the body and isolating foreign material like viruses.

Think of your Lymphatic System as the sewage system for your body. If the sewer gets backed up or is running slow your body builds up fluid and chronic conditions can occur.

This work clears blockages in the lymphatic system. It is very gentle bodywork. Lymph massage can be received right before surgery, so that the lymphatic system is clear. It may also be used after surgery to reduce swelling and promote healing.

This light and relaxing massage affects your lymphatic system making it work more efficiently and effectively to boost your immunity, decrease inflammation, and decrease swelling. You will be amazed at how good you feel after getting one of these! When used as a part of a system called Complete Decongestive Therapy, it is also the only effective therapy for treating Lymphedema.

As a Certified Manual Lymphatic Therapist, Blanche uses MLD to help people who are suffering from Lymphedema continue to maintain their condition after they are finished with their intensive treatment. This is also an excellent treatment choice for those going through cancer treatment because of its gentle approach and healing effects.

Continuing Treatment for Maintenance of your Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive disease of the lymphatic system that needs to be maintained on a daily basis to keep down swelling in affected limb(s).  Manual Lymphatic Drainage is an important part of the intensive treatment for lymphedema, and is also a wonderful way to help with maintenance after the intensive treatment is finished.

Getting MLD on a regular basis from a Certified Manual Lymphatic Therapist enhances the body’s natural lymphatic flow and sends fluid from congested tissue to areas able to receive and remove it.  Removing this congested fluid lowers the chances of getting cellulitis in the effected limb(s).  It also helps keep the skin in the area from becoming fibrotic, as well as softening any fibrosis which has already occurred.

Because Blanche is a Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist she can safely see patients who are either suffering from Lymphedema currently, or who are at risk for Lymphedema because of radiation or lymph node removal during cancer treatment.