Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Our lymphatic system helps to protect us from infection and disease by acting as a one-way drainage system. Lymphatic drainage is a specialised massage technique that encourages lymph fluid to drain out of an area affected by swelling into an area that drains normally. Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is performed by a trained specialist and is a gentle, non-invasive skin massage that helps to gently restore this system. The main benefits to this style of treatment are:

  • Swelling reduction. MLD induces a pumping effect in the tissue. The lymphatic pathways’ own rhythm is accelerated to up to 20 times its normal rate. This enhanced drainage effect results in rapid decongestion and restoration of normal tissue condition.
  • Reduces pain levels and promotes relaxation.
  • Promotes a healthier immune system by accelerating the transportation of bacteria and allergens.

The main conditions that MLD can be used to treat include:

  • General wellbeing, relaxation and stress control
  • The prevention, treatment and control of lymphedema (swelling)
  • Post-surgery  - reduces swelling, pain, bruising, inflammation and prevents scarring
  • Fluid retention - swollen feet and ankles or anywhere in the body
  • Respiratory conditions - sinusitis, nasal congestion
  • Skin -cellulite
  • Pain – including joint pain, muscular pain, osteoarthritis, migraines, chronic headaches, rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pregnancy - Swollen legs and / or feet , cramps, relaxing
  • Digestive conditions - constipation, IBS

Treatments are best performed in the mornings however, if you need a follow up in the same week Erika will organise this directly with you. 

Appointments for MLD are available:

  • Monday: 9.30am - 1.30pm




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