WHAT IS MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE?
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, rhythmic technique used to promote the optimal functioning of the lymphatic system. Using precise pressure and hand movements stimulates the flow of lymph andresorption into the venous capillaries. The effect of MLD includes, alleviating pain, soothes nerves, reduces swelling and stimulates the functions of the immune system. Here at Anchor Physical Therapy in Pittsburgh Pa, we are experts in the field of Manual Lympyh Drainage.
INDICATIONS FOR MANUAL LYMPH DRAINAGE:
- Lymphedema (post cancer/mastectomy)
- Pain (shoulder, low back, neck, knee...etc)
- Bell's Palsy
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Pre/Post Surgery
- Sport Injuries
- Detoxification of the body
- Scar Tissue
FUNCTION OF LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
For our bodies to function well, we need the lymph vessel system to carry off excess water, proteins, foreign substances and wastes from the tissues which cannot be carried by the venous capillaries. Once this fluid enter the lymph vessels, it is called lymph. During the transport of lymph, it passes through lymph nodes where it is cleansed, filtered and concentrated and then entered back to the blood stream.
Damage to the lymph vessels or nodes quickly results in swelling (edema), congestion and eventually pathology. If there is damage to the tissues (ex. sprains, burns, inflammation, hematomas...etc.) the lymph vessels must transport the damaged cells, wastes and toxins away.