Manual Lymph Drainage is a very gentle type of massage therapy used to drain excess fluid from the body and improve the overall functioning of the lymphatic (immune) system.
MLD is most commonly used to treat Lymphedema, which is characterised by the blockage of lymph nodes in the arms and legs. MLD is used to improve the inner workings of the lymphatic system.
The massage is applied gently in the direction of lymph flow to unblock any obstructed lymph vessels, and allow lymph flow to transport waste from the body freely. MLD massage is performed by a certified massage therapist, who applies a light form of circular massage to the skin in gentle strokes towards the heart. This technique will lightly stretch the walls of the lymph vessels and encourage lymph drainage.
MLD is available to members following an initial consultation with Karen Middlemiss our MS Support Manager.
I’ve been having Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) massage for probably 25 years or so and am absolutely certain that it’s a major factor in helping me cope as well as I do with my MS. I am really pleased to hear that it’s now being offered at the Centre. KMSTC Member Kate Davies