Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LDM)
Our lymphatic system is an amazing system in our body that collects excess fluid and drains it into our circulatory system. Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LDM) also known as Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) uses gentle touch to aid this movement. Our already sluggish lymphatic system can get blocked or slowed down through surgery, illness or accidents, causing swelling in our body. Lymphatic Drainage Massage is then needed to help reduce the fluid build-up and pain.
What to expect
The initial consultation will include showing you how to open up your lymphatic system (Lymphatic Sequence), which we ask you do at home regularly. Treatment is not painful, as slow, light stokes are used over the skin. Along with Manual Therapy, other techniques may be used (such as cold laser, cupping or taping) to gain best results. Post treatment, it is important to drink plenty of water. Some people may feel unwell that evening or following day due to the increased flow of lymph through the body. It is advised, if possible, to have a quiet day post your treatment.
Please wear/bring your compressions to your appointment.
Conditions Lymphatic drainage is beneficial for:
- Itchy skin
- Pre and Post-surgery
- Post cancer treatment
- Support the immune system after illness
- Post strenuous sporting events/training
Ensuring your lymphatic system is not clogged, regular Lymphatic Drainage Massage can help your body to rid itself of toxins and any infections that may enter your body. The lymphatic system is a truly amazing system and when looked after, you will:
- Have more energy
- Less colds/flu
- Recover from surgery quicker
- Reduce swelling – from sport injuries or illness
- Promote better healing of scars
- Reduced joint pain
- Clearer skin
Before Lymphatic Drainage treatment can begin, your lymphatic system must be ‘opened’ with a Lymphatic Sequence.
Lymphatic Sequence is a set of steps to open up the lymphatic system. These steps will be taught in your initial treatment so you can do it at home. Ideally, it should be done each day – especially if you have swelling or congestion.