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Lymphoedema @ Trayah


What is Lymphoedema?

So, what is the lymphatic system and why does it need support?

The lymphatic system is the frontline in our bodies’ ability to fight disease and infection by localizing foreign bodies. It is also involved in detoxifying our body and we can think of it as our own inbuilt waste disposal unit!  It moves toxins, bacteria, excess fluid and metabolic waste out of our bodies as well as producing cells that fight infection.


Daily stress, fatigue, emotional shock, chemical overloading, infection, pollution, food preservatives and many other things can greatly impair the functioning of healthy tissues and healthy lymphatic pathways. In fact, if the lymphatic system stopped working, the body would develop severe oedema and within 24 to 48 hours the result would be death.



What is MLD Massage?

MLD is not a muscular massage, but essentially works above the muscle fascia as 70% of the lymphatic fluid is found here. It is exceptionally gentle as the last thing we want to do is “squish” the lymph cells as it takes 20 minutes for them to reform.  Generally, the lymphatic system circulates between 1.5-2 litres of fluid a day.  However, following an MLD massage, this figure increases to between 15-30 litres a day – and not just the day of the treatment, but for up to 3 days following!  

MLD stimulates fluid circulation and elimination, supporting your body with detoxification. It encourages the lymphatic system to absorb and transport lymph more effectively. It also stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system via the relaxation effect, reducing pain by sedating the sensory nerve endings. This in turn allows tight muscles to relax inhibiting extreme muscle tonus. 


How can MLD help you?

MLD can be used in many ways and has a profound effect on increasing lymphatic flow. With an increase of lymph flow immune function is increased. Harmful substances are removed from the tissues and neutralized in the nodes. It has also been shown that an increase in lymph flow enhances immune function. Here are a few situations that arise in the massage world where lymph drainage can be beneficial:

  • MLD post-surgery can assist in greatly preventing scarring of the area and enable the body to remove unwanted fluid at the site thus preventing infection

  • Pre surgery MLD is an invaluable tool for softening and relaxing tissues that need to be operated on

  • Edemas (oedema) sprained ankle and other post traumatic conditions can be treated effectively with the immediate application of RICE therapy in conjunction with MLD

  • Lymphoedema (both primary and secondary)

  • Conditions such as fibro, rheumatoid arthritis

  • Breast Surgery (segmental, simple or total)

  • Dermatology (eczema, acne vulgaris, seborrhoea, psoriasis)

  • Scarring

  • Gastro Enterology (constipation and digestive disorders)

  • Neurology (migraines, strokes)

  • Rheumatology (musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders)

  • Post-surgical conditions

  • Bronchitis (asthma and allergies effecting breathing)

  • Bodybuilding

I have been trained by Michelle Vassallo from Rhythm Massage – an internationally renowned trainer.  Her style is based on Dr Vodder’s lymphatic drainage but has been tweaked slightly to support the therapists’ body.  I am unable to prescribe exercise or assess and prescribe compression garments.  It is possible, that I would request you to get a medical certificate to confirm it is safe for you to receive an MLD treatment.  If your health history is complex, it may be that I refer you to a Lymphatic Specialist locally.  This is because your care and your safety is my priority.  

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