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What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle treatment that improves the function of the lymphatic system throughout the body. MLD can be beneficial in treating:

  • post-surgical swelling

  • post-cancer treatment swelling

  • primary and secondary lymphedema

  • post-traumatic edema (e.g., sports injuries

  • migraine headaches

  • rheumatoid arthritis

  • Lyme disease

  • fibromyalgia

MLD is further used to promote general relaxation and for cleansing (detoxification) of the skin and superficial fascia. MLD is used to reroute the lymph flow from congested areas into healthy lymph vessels, which drain into the venous circulation thereby reducing swelling.


The flow and intention of an MLD session are very different from that of other bodywork. Only bare, dry hands are used so that the therapist can apply very light pressure to the skin, engaging it in a gentle dragging motion crucial to the effectiveness of this technique. It is gentle, and methodical in order to stimulate superficial lymphatic vessels throughout the body but especially those in extremities and abdomen. Strokes follow the direction of the lymph flow, usually toward the heart. This ultimately helps flush excess fluid from the lymphatic system, returning cleaned lymph back into the circulatory blood supply and removing waste products from the body.

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Let's talk about inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation isn't always perceived in the body as aches and pains. Sometimes systemic causing a wide range of symptoms besides pain, including fatigue, depression, anxiety, gastrointestinal complications (diarrhea or constipation), weight gain, weight loss and persistent infections.


Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is not something we think about on a regular basis. Often we pop a pill when something hurts or is swollen and that solves the problem for a few hours. Sometimes it's not a pain that we feel but a feeling of uneasiness or depletion. Over time, chronic inflammation can contribute to serious conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, heart disease, celiac disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, to name a few.


What Can Be Done to Reduce Chronic Inflammation?

  1. Sleep: Get 7-9 hours of quality sleep every night. During sleep, the immune system releases the protein cytokines that reduce inflammation and fight infections. Simply put, good sleep makes you feel better.

  2. Diet: Reduce consumption of sugars, processed and fried foods and increase consumption of healthy foods. Vegetables, especially leafy greens, tomatoes, blueberries, and nuts such as walnuts and almonds, have anti-inflammatory properties.

  3. Drink Water: Sounds easy but, most people do not drink enough water. How much should you drink? Take your weight and divide it by half. That is your goal for how many ounces of water you should drink in a day. So if you weigh 180 it's 90ounces a day or 9, 10oz classes of water. And no, the ice in your soda does not count as water intake. lol

  4. Exercise: Schedule a daily moderate exercise like a 20-minute walk preferably in nature. This not only gets your heart rate up but it activates your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in immune support.

  5. Relaxation: Reducing chronic stress is very important to inflammation reduction and overall wellbeing. Take time each day for self care. Deep breathing, yoga or stretching, massage, spending time with your pet, or in nature and meditation are ways to lower anxiety and boost your mood.

  6. Manual Lymphatic Drainage: Manual Lymphatic Drainage has become popular due to its potential health benefits. This specialized approach focuses on the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. This type of massage aims to help the body maintain proper blood circulation, body fluid balance, and immune functions. The lymphatic system thereby contributes to the decrease of inflammatory response. In cases of chronic inflammation, lymphatic vessels help to resolve proinflammatory cells from the site of inflammation.

One Step at a Time

These are just a few of the changes that can be made to reduce chronic inflammation in the body. This may seem overwhelming and time-consuming, but they don’t have to be done all at once. Choose one area to focus on every week or every month. If you slip and revert to old habits for a day or two, start again. The goal is to develop good habits that will improve your quality of life for the rest of your life. It’s an investment worth making.

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Do you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, heart disease, celiac disease, cancer or Alzheimer’s? Or perhaps you are struggling with Anxiety, Depression or Lethargy? Ready to try a natural approach to inflammation? Perhaps Manual Lymphatic Drainage can help reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Book Now

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MLD for Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is the number one vector borne spreading epidemic worldwide. Lyme disease occurs when a person is bitten by an infected tick. Lyme patients suffer from the tremendous physical and emotional pain associated with this disease.


In addition, due to the general lack of medical validation this type of illness, doctors and even their family members often believe they are crazy. Lyme is actually caused by a weak immune system, damaged cellular function, uncontrolled bacterial infections throughout the body and other environmental triggers such as, mold and parasites.


Did you know that Manual Lymphatic Drainage can help to reduce symptoms?


Detoxing through Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Detoxing is an integral part of beating Chronic Lyme Disease and minimizing the reactions caused when injured or dead bacteria release their endotoxins into the blood and tissues faster than the body can comfortably handle it. (Herx Reaction)


Benefits of MLD for Lyme Patients:


Immunity: First, the lymphatic system plays a major role in immune function. Improving lymphatic function is important when fighting disease.


Swelling and inflammation: Lymphatic drainage directly reduces swelling, thereby helping ease the discomfort and tenderness often associated with swollen lymph nodes. Additionally, lymphatic drainage can lower systemic inflammation, which can help with joint pain.


Nervous system: lymphatic drainage produces a parasympathetic response, meaning the nervous system enters its "rest and digest" state, where healing and rest can take place.


Herx detox reactions & Die-off symptoms: as Lyme disease is treated, the bacteria die off, often creating symptoms like brain fog, bloating, and fatigue. Lymphatic drainage helps move this debris and die-off out of the system more efficiently.

Digestion: lymphatic drainage assists in digestive function, which can help counteract the effects of antibiotics on the digestive tract.


Pain: lymphatic drainage has been shown to have an analgesic (pain-relieving) effect on the body due to its subtle, repetitive nature.


What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

Lymphatic drainage is very gentle, using five grams of pressure or less in most areas. It is often described as deeply relaxing, and even hypnotic. It feels luxurious, but is very effective and can be an important component in a course of Lyme disease treatment. If you are suffering from Lyme disease, talk to your doctor about incorporating lymphatic drainage into your treatment process. In most cases, lymphatic drainage is safe to receive. On very rare occasions, your doctor may advise you to wait before beginning a series of sessions.

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