CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – What is manual lymphatic drainage and how can it help you? Saskia Cote – Founder & CEO, of Bottom-Line Bodywork, explained.
Manual lymphatic drainage is a technique that feels and looks like a really light massage and was developed by Emile Vodder almost 100 years ago. Original in he came up with the technique to help people with sinus problems. It turned out to be so effective however that he continued to develop it for the entire body and it helps numerous conditions. The lymph capillaries are really small and close to the surface of the skin so the therapist performing this technique uses very little pressure. We have all heard of lymph nodes and they swell when we get sick. They are kind of like the filtration stops of the lymph. The lymphatic system does not have a pump, like the circulatory system has the heart. It moves through contraction of our muscles therefore things like walking or a beneficial for our lymphatic system. MLD can help conditions like acne, sinus problems, swelling or edema, sports injuries. This is why the NFL and other professional athletes use it. Also, sometimes people use compression garments to mimic and help the lymphatic flow.