Lymphatic Massage

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Lymphatic Massage by Ingrid Marsten

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a medical massage, consisting of a series of extremely gentle, rhythmic massage strokes. Every stroke is very light, not as heavy as the strokes of a Swedish massage, and no lotion or oil is used. MLD speeds up the circulation of lymphatic fluid which contains numerous types of white blood cells, destroying viruses and bacteria, as well as cellular debris.

After any surgery there is excess fluid and cellular debris in the tissues. If these substances are left to stagnate in the tissues too long, the cycle of inflammation and pain begins. The goal of Lymphatic Massage is to reroute the lymph fluid around areas that are blocked after surgery, and gently move the excess fluids and cellular debris into areas with healthy lymph vessels where the fluid can drain easier. The faster excess fluids and cellular debris are removed from the surgical area, the faster you heal.

Lymphatic Massage provides non-invasive and natural pain relief after an eye or brow lift surgery, facelifts, fat transfers, liposuction or tummy tucks, as well as breast reduction or implant surgery.

Upon your surgeon’s approval, MLD can be started soon after surgery and it is recommended that a patient have at least 1 pre-surgical MLD treatments and at least 6 post-surgical MLD treatments. Treatments usually are 60 minutes long.

    Pre-Surgery Benefits of MLD:

  • Prepares the tissues for surgery by draining excess fluids from the cells
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • “Detoxifies” the tissues
  • Reduces anxiety and stress by increasing the release of endorphins and serotonin
      • Post Surgery Benefits of MLD:

      • Reduces swelling and bruising
      • Decreases pain and inflammation
      • Lessens scar tissue formation
      • Speeds up healing
      • Promotes deep relaxation