Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph from the tissues of the body. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph node to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system.
MLD uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch) and rhythmic movements to stimulate lymph flow and is now recognised as a primary tool in lymphoedema management.
MLD not only stimulates the vital functions of the skin, tissues and internal organs, but also serves to eliminate cellular waste and stimulate the parasympathetic relaxation response inhibiting muscle tonus and pain. Research has also shown that MLD stimulates the immune system to produce more immunity, a valuable contribution to winter health! It also provides an excellent tool for massage therapists when regular massage is contraindicated.
Bookings for Lymphatic Drainage sessions with Nicki may be made online at https://icsportstherapies.com.au/book-nicki-cooke/