Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Developed in Europe in the 1930s, Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a safe, effective, and gentle approach to cleansing the body’s tissues. MLD drains excess fluid from the tissues and also has a detoxifying effect. It can benefit a healthy person as well as be applied to more than 60 different medical conditions.

Scientific studies, as well as vast clinical experience, have supported the effectiveness of MLD. It is widely prescribed by physicians in Europe, and many physicians in the United States and Canada also recognize the benefits of MLD, and recommend it to their patients.

At the Holistic Chiropractic and Wellness Clinic, our Manual Lymphatic Drainage practitioner is Freda Yako-Malott, who you can read more about here.  MLD is offered on Mondays and Thursdays from 9am to 6pm.

Below is some additional information about MLD, including its benefits, and a bit more about how it works. If you have additional questions, or would like to book a session with Freda, please feel free to contact the clinic.

MLD should not be used in the following conditions:

Although MLD can be beneficial for many conditions, it is not recommended for those suffering from:

  • Active cancer (unless palliative)
  • Acute inflammation
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Untreated thrombosis

Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage:

  1. It removes metabolic wastes, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules and foreign substances from the tissues
  2. Through its gentle, rhythmical precise hand movements, it alleviates pain by greatly reducing the pain signals sent to the brain
  3. Helps relieve stress by helping the body to relax via the smooth, rhythmical motion
  4. Supports and enhances the action of the immune system
  5. Helps the body to heal more quickly from injuries, surgical trauma, chronic conditions, and edema
  6. Helps to minimize scar formation

Lymph and the lymphatic system

Nutrients that enter our bodies are transported by arteries and capillaries to tissue cells. These cells are surrounded by what’s called interstitial fluid. Nutrients must pass through this fluid before reaching the cells.

After metabolism, cells dump waste products back into the fluid for removal by the venous blood capillaries and a system of lymphatic vessels. The blood capillaries only resorb gases (mainly carbon dioxide), water (plasma), and small molecular substances. The lymphatic vessel system must drain the interstitial fluid of everything else.

If the lymphatic system fails, or is impaired due to surgery, radiation, disease, or trauma, swelling can occur in the interstitial spaces increasing the distance between capillaries and cells. If proper drainage does not occur, cells are exposed to an undernourished, toxic environment, and disease can result. MLD helps this process along.

If you have additional questions, or would like to book a session with Freda, please feel free to contact the clinic.