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The Fairbourne Clinic

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) 


Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very relaxing, gentle and rhythmic form of massage. Special techniques and specific pressure are used to stimulate the lymphatic vessels which carry substances vital to the defence of the body and removes waste products thus relieving fluid congestion and assisting in conditions arising from insufficiency.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Therapist: Amanda May

About Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)? Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a specialised therapy which is designed to improve the functioning of the lymphatic system. This is primarily achieved through gentle, rhythmical circling movements of the skin which stimulate the contractions of the lymphatic vessels. As a result a greater amount of the metabolic waste products and excess fluid are being removed from the body's tissues and enter the lymphatic system. The fluid is now known as lymph and passes through a series of lymph nodes (lymph glands) where it is cleansed of dead cells, bacteria and other waste products. The clean lymph is then returned to the blood stream.
A well functioning lymph system contributes to healthy body tissue and plays an important part in the body's immune system responses.

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How long is a therapy session? Your first visit will include a consultation and you and your therapist will agree on a treatment plan The length of sessions vary between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on your requirements.

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If I am having MLD therapy should I still see my doctor? Where appropriate your therapist will work in conjunction with your medical practitioner and other health care professionals.

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What are the benefits of Manual Lymphatic drainage therapy? MLD can be applied to may different conditions and is also excellent as a preventative measure that can enhance your general well being.
It has a calming effect on the autonomic nervous system that leaves you deeply relaxed. It can improve the quality of your sleep, relieve constipation and generally aid digestion.
Some people experience an improved performance of their immune system as a result of regular MLD treatments

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Can MLD therapy help if I have swollen legs or ankles due to pregnancy or pre-menstrual syndrome? MLD alleviates fluid congestion: swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes, swollen legs during pregnancy and fluid retention due to pre-menstrual syndrome can all be improved and alleviated by Manual Lymphatic drainage therapy.

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I have painful breasts, can MLD help? Women with painful breasts have found relief through MLD treatments.

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Can chronic conditions such as sinusitis, arthritis, acne and rosacea be improved with Manual Lymphatic drainage therapy? Yes, each of these chronic inflammatory conditions (sinusitis, arthritis, acne and rosacea) can be improved with the application of MLD.

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I have heard that Manual lymphatic drainage can help to heal wounds, burns and improve the texture of old scars. Can MLD help in the cases? Yes, MLD promotes the healing of wounds and burns and can improve the appearance and texture of old scars.

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Can MLD help with broken bones, torn ligaments and sprains? The healing process of broken bones, torn ligaments and sprains can be accelerated, enhanced and the pain can often be eased.

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Can Manual Lymphatic drainage help with Leg ulcers? MLD has been successfully used to help heal leg ulcers.

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I have recently had an operation. Can MLD help with post operative bruising? MLD is particularly beneficial in cases of post operative or traumatic bruising and swelling.

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Can MLD help with lymphoedema, truncal oedema or venous insufficiency? It is an effective component of the treatment and management of lymphoedema and is of special importance in cases of truncal oedema. It also assists in conditions arising form venous insufficiency.

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History of Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapy. During the 1930's the innovative Danish physical therapist Dr. Emil Vodder created a unique set of movements which he successfully used to clear chronic catarrh and facial acne. After intensively studying what was them known as the lymphatic system he devised treatments for the whole body. He concludes that his technique, which he termed Manual Lymph drainage, could be applied to almost any condition, because of the important role the lymphatic system plays in our bodies
Since Vodder' pioneering work, modern research has supplied us with the answers of how his method so effectively influences both the lymphatic and nervous system. As a result, MLD has spread world wide and has become a popular treatment in many European hospitals and Spas. There are now a variety of schools which teach a form of this method.
In the UK MLD is continuing to be more widely accepted as an important component in the treatment and maintenance of lymphoedema and is gaining acceptance in the treatment of some skin conditions (e.g. acne and rosacea).

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e-mail for general information info@fairbourneclinic.co.uk or contact our receptionist at wendy@fairbourneclinic.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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