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lymphatic drainage

The lymphatic system is often referred to as the body’s drainage system. If we use this analogy and reflect on our home plumbing and view the arterial system as our water supply, we are aware that we have more trouble with blocked drains than water supply. In our health we tend to give more attention to our arterial system than our lymphatic system

The lymphatic system is not only is important in draining fluid from tissue (removing protein and cell debris from injury sites for example) it is a vital part of the immune system by maintaining the circulation of immune cells throughout our body.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very light technique that works on the lymphatic system. It assists and encourages the flow of lymph fluid from our extremities and organs back into the venous system.


benefits of MLD

MLD has been shown to:

  • Reduce limb size and improve quality of life in those with Lymphoedema.
  • Used both pre and post surgery to facilitate quick recovery (including plastic surgery).
  • Promotes healing of injuries such as sprains, strains, and fractures.
  • Reduce fluid retention in pregnancy, long distance flights etc.
  • Assists with bursitus, sinusitis, acne, osteo-arthritis, burns, scaring.
  • Stimulates immune health and helpful in detoxification.
  • Also influences the sympathetic nervous system to promote relaxation.

In the treatment of lymphoedema, MLD is usually included in Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT), which also includes compression bandaging, exercise and diet. Pat is certified in providing all aspects of CDT and is a member of the Australasian Lymphology Assn.

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