Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is a very gently effleurage massage technique.
For lymph fluid to be transported around the body through the lymphatic system, it needs muscular contraction to stimulate the lymph valves to open and shut, pushing the fluid in an upward movement towards the neck area. This is done quite easily with just your hands, gently moving over the skin, draining the excess fluid into another area of the body that is not congested and overloaded with excess fluid.
The 4 main components used in M.L.D.T. are:
– Skin care
– Lymphatic drainage
– Compression bandaging & garments
– Exercise and diet
– New ideas and research are always been trialed to help improve a better quality of life for lymphoedema patients.
It is important for all Oedema patients to continue with self-care management after their reduction has been achieved by the Therapist.
Lymphoedema is not curable it is only treatable. To maintain the results from the treatment, there are drainage sequences you need to apply every day. If this is not continued on a regular basis, then the fluid will slowly return causing the limb to swell again.
Special care is also needed in protecting any limb that is at “Risk” of getting lymphoedema, or has already experienced a swollen limb.
Injections, blood pressure machines and heat should be avoided on a limb at “Risk” of getting lymphoedema.
Tight fitting clothing or support garments that tourniquet any part of a limb should not be used.