Lymph fluid is a clear body fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells as well as fats and proteins. The lymphatic system works with the immune system by helping the body to remove toxins, bacteria and excess water. The lymphatic system is a network of veins and capillaries similar to the circulatory system, and this network helps to transport the unwanted toxins, waste and excess water from the tissues back into the bloodstream, where it is then transported for removal via the liver or kidneys and disposed of via bowel movements or urine.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a specialised treatment for people who suffer from lymphoedema, swollen or puffy arms or legs and is very beneficial for post-operative recovery (liposuction, tummy tucks) or maintenance (lymph node removal).
This treatment is often referred to as a massage, however it is very unlike a regular massage. It is very light and gentle movement of the skin, whereby the therapist acts as a pump in manual movement of the lymph fluid which sits between the skin and the muscle.
It is very beneficial in boosting the immune system, as well as relieving water retention. Some signs that your lymphatic system is not functioning as it should are:
- bloating/water weight
- difficulty losing weight
- swollen lymph nodes (armpits / groin)
- brain fog
- lack of energy
- itchy or dry skin / rashes
- soreness / stiffness in the morning
- intermittent stiff or painful joints
- puffy fingers / feet / ankles / arms / legs / neck
If you are not sure this treatment is for you, drop me an email to enquire. I’m happy to talk to you about it and make sure you make the best decision for you.
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