Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
Manual lymphatic drainage is recognized as a primary tool in managing lymphedema. They may be caused by a variety of conditions such as a congenital weakness of the lymph system, pooling of the lymphatic liquid after the surgical removal of lymph nodes due to cancer, swelling after surgical or orthopedic procedures and weak veins in the legs. MLD consists of a type of gentle massage which is applied to drain accumulations of liquid from body tissue. The therapist applies a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to the impacted area to stimulate lymph flow and to enhance the absorption of the lymph by the body. The manual treatment is followed by the application of pressure using special bandages and subsequently by tailor-made compression stockings. Only therapists who have completed the required training during continuing education are qualified to perform MLD.
Manual lymphatic drainage and the required bandages/stockings are prescribed by the physician.