For patients who have undergone reconstructive surgery, manual lymphatic drainage is a technique that uses gentle pressure on the body to help reduce swelling and speed up recovery.
It also helps with post-surgery pain relief by gently working the tissues to improve blood flow. Manual lymphatic drainage should only be performed by an experienced therapist.
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)?
The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) describes MLD as “a hands-on technique designed to manage swelling and edema by improving lymph flow, removing interstitial fluid and stimulating extracellular matrix production.” The purpose of this therapy is to “help the body eliminate excess fluid and aid in removing toxins through the lymphatic system.”
How does Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) work?
MLD relieves pain and swelling in the body’s lymph nodes, muscles, or joints by moving fluid from these areas back into the bloodstream, where it can be eliminated naturally through urination, breathing, and sweating.
As a reconstructive surgery patient, you may be struggling with swelling, inflammation and mobility problems.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is an effective way to relieve some of the discomfort associated with these side effects as well as promoting healthy circulation. MLD helps drain fluid through the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus gland, bone marrow and other organs.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage uses gentle pressure on connective tissue structures near lymph vessels so that they can carry away waste more efficiently.
Who needs Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)?
Bailey specializes in Manual Lymphatic Drainage for those who have had any type of reconstructive surgery; it helps reduce swelling after their procedure while also increasing mobility during recovery time.
So, if you’ve had any of the following:
- Gender Affirmation Surgery
- Breast Augmentation
- Brazilian Butt Lifts
- Tummy Tucks
Manual Lymphatic Drainage can help you feel better. See our treatment options here, and schedule your session today!