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WHAT IS LYMPHATIC SYSTEM?

The Lymphatic System consists of vessels, ducts and nodes and is closely connected to the cardiovascular system. It is often referred to as an  ”internal cleaning system for the whole body”.  It is vital for the maintenance of human life because if it fails to function correctly, excessive fluids and toxins build up causing the body pain, loss of energy, infection and disease. During the complex transportation process, the lymph fluid is cleaned, concentrated and filtered by one of the 600-700 lymph nodes located around the body. They also produce  a certain type of white blood cell, namely lymphocytes, which is why  the lymphatic system is vital to immunity.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Designed by Dr’s Emil and Estrid Vodder in Europe, MLD can improve and facilitate the movement of lymphatic fluid from the body’s tissues into the lymphatic vessels, soothe and calm the nervous system, as well as provide pain relief.

CONDITIONS THAT COULD BENEFIT:

Fluid Retention

Edema resulting  from sprains, muscle & sports injuries

Arthritis

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Multiple Sclerosis

Sinusitis

Fatigue

Cellulite

Aches and pains

Headaches

Tension and Stress

Digestive problems

Post Surgery

WHAT IS LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE?

MLD is a gentle and rhythmic massage that mimics the movement patterns of the lymphatic system.  MLD uses a specific rhythm and pressure to direct and move initial lymphatics and stimulate vessel contraction to reduce edema.  MLD is a gentle massage approach that stimulates the flow of lymph and interstitial fluid using a rhythmic pumping technique to stimulate flow in the direction the fluid should be moving. 

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Sylvia Lopez CMT, CMLDT

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