The lymphatic system drains waste, debris, and dead blood cells from interstitial spaces (between cells) that cannot be reabsorbed by the blood system. Your lymphatic system plays an important role in proper functioning of the immune system and is the first line of defense against disease.
Having a sluggish lymphatic system can cause aches, pains, swelling, and compromised immunity.
Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive disease of the lymphatic system that results in lymphatic fluid buildup. This disease is a result of a mechanical insufficiency of the lymphatic system. Lymphedema is treatable and can be managed using Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) from a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT).
Lipedema is a condition that causes excess fat to accumulate in the lower part of the body affecting the buttocks, thighs, calves, and in some cases the upper arms. This condition is often confused with lymphedema. However, areas affected by lipedema are tender or painful and bruise easily. Lipedema can lead to secondary lymphedema if left untreated. This condition is also effectively treated with CDT.
The lymphatic system is an important component of the immune system and wound healing process. Untreated lymphedema and wounds go hand and hand. Often time, in serious cases of lymphedema, the skin integrity is poor, resulting in chronic wounds. The prolonged presence of edema can impair blood flow, reducing the ability to carry and remove necessary nutrients, such as oxygen and carbon dioxide. Due to the build-up of interstitial fluid, infection is also very common. The extra fluid increases bacterial colonization and traps it along with proteins. All of this causes delayed healing which can result in further decline in the lymphatic system.
Proper treatment of both conditions at the same time is vital. An interdisciplinary approach with a Certified Lymphedema Therapist providing complete decongestive therapy is essential for the best outcome.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a therapeutic manual technique to stimulate the flow of lymph fluid through the lymphatic system. The principle of MLD is to move lymph fluid easily through the tissues and lymph nodes. This is performed by a trained professional who is certified. MLD consists of light movements with specific pressure, direction, rhythm and sequence. MLD is a superficial touch vs a massage that is deeper.
MLD has now become a part of many people's health routines because of its esthetics and detoxification benefits. It is a non-invasive treatment that is considered safe. However, MLD is a powerful modality and certain conditions are contraindications.* If you are considering MLD as part of your treatment for any health condition, please consult with your phyisican first.
*MLD is a powerful modality and certain medical conditions are contraindicated. You must consult with your physician before proceeding.
When an increase in lymph flow would be detrimental, this is considered a contraindication. Your physician can override relative contraindications/ precautions if he or she sees fit. Please consult with your physician prior to booking.
Any individual suffering from the following conditions should AVOID MLD treatments:
Any individuals with these conditions must check with their physician prior to receiving treatment: