What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) & how does it work?

MLD is a therapy which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries metabolic waste products away from the tissues back to the heart.

This is achieved through rhythmical movements of the skin which stimulates the contraction of the lymphatic vessels. The aim is to remove excess fluid and metabolic waste from the body's tissue.

Lymph is the fluid that passes through pathways into lymphnodes, where it is cleansed of bacteria, dead cells, poison and other waste products. The clean lymph can then return to the blood stream.

What are the benefits?

• Clears the skin
• Improves scarring, burns and wounds
• Alleviates fluid retention/ fluid congestion
• Reduce swelling
• Boosts a healthy immune system

What conditions can be treated with MLD?

• Primary and secondary lymphoedema
• Leg ulcers
• Promote healing pre and post surgery
• Venous oedema
• Acne

More MLD info

More information on MLD is available at www.mlduk.org.uk