Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle, non-invasive therapy used to treat lymphedema. It enhances the natural drainage of lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues and back to the heart.
The 400-500 lymph nodes in the body filter and purify lymph - the colorless, white blood cell rich fluid bathing the body's tissues and ultimately draining into the bloodstream. Injury, surgery, infection, cancer and radiation can cause lymph to pool and stagnate. This, in turn, can cause swelling, especially in the extremities.
Using a wavelike motion of the hands and fingers, the tissue directly under the skin is slightly stretched against the fascia in the direction of lymph flow. The underlying muscle tissue is not affected. The amount of pressure used is similar to that used when stroking a newborn’s head yet is enough to move stagnate lymph and reduce even severe swelling.
MLD is non-invasive, oil-free, and safe for the elderly and those in fragile health. Sessions typically last one hour.
1-Hour Session: $95