manual lymphatic drainage (mld)

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a specialised light touch treatment that helps cleanse, detox and boost the immune system amongst other benefits. It is very gentle, relaxing and rhythmic and can be applied to a wide range of physical conditions to great effect.

“I call this my secret weapon. MLD is not a form of massage as we know massage to be. In fact, it’s so incredibly light touch, most of my clients fall asleep during their treatment. However, it’s unquestionable results are proving to be very popular and I personally love seeing the results.” – Clare Williams

MLD aids the removal of metabolic wastes, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules, and foreign substances from the body via the lymphatic system.  In addition it relaxes the sympathetic nervous system, reduces pain, and enhances the activity of the immune system.

It is an effective treatment for a variety of issues including oedema, skin disorders, headache, sinus congestion, sprains and aches, stress, digestive disorders and it can be used before and after surgery to remove tissue congestion and minimise scar formation. It is particularly useful as part of post-mastectomy therapy oedema and fibrosis and relieves pain and tension.

Post Cancer & Mastectomy Therapy

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a specific massage technique which helps with the management of Lymphoedema.

Lymphoedema is chronic tissue swelling, often as a result of cancer or its treatment. For example, after mastectomy surgery, the lymphatic system will have been compromised and lymph nodes in the arm pits may also have been removed. This impedes the normal fluid drainage channels and results in lymph fluid collecting in an area causing swelling and pain.

Research has shown that 1 in 5 breast cancer patients will develop lymphoedema of the arm. Unless this is treated the swelling can increase and eventually become very difficult to manage. Although lymphoedema cannot be completely cured, manual lymphatic drainage is an important therapy for treating this condition.

Ultimately it aims to clear blockages so that excess fluids will be pushed out of the affected areas – MLD also aims to prevent fluids accumulating again.

Clare is currently not able to offer treatments to current cancer patients, although this is something she is looking to advance in.

Treatments are arranged on a case-by-case basis.

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