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Manual Lymphatic Drainage

The lymphatic and fascial systems in the body are closely tied together.  Nina is certified in MLD by the Klose Institute (Vodder Method adapted from the Foeldi Clinic in Germany – accepted as the leading Lymphedema Therapy center in the world).

Lymphatic massage is a specialized form of moving soft tissue that enhances lymph formation and promotes drainage in the superficial and deep systems of the lymph vascular network.

Your lymphatic system transports proteins, fat, water and large molecules from your interstitium (between cells) back to your cardiovascular system.  Your lymph nodes and vessels comprise your lymphatic system but also your thymus, spleen, lymphocytes, peyers patches (in your small intestine) and tonsils comprise your lymphatic system.  There are 600-700 lymph nodes in the human body. Most of them are located in the abdomen but a large majority are also in the head and neck region, axilla (armpit) and inguinal (groin) areas.

Most nodes work in these groupings to ensure that bacteria, malignant cells don’t progress; they are like recycling stations as the lymph passes node to node.  They also produce or trigger (the mechanism is still unknown to this day) lymphocytes – white blood cells – that are important to fight infection.  And nodes regulate the protein/water concentration in the lymphatic fluid.    This protein content is what sets apart lymphedema from plain edema (swelling say due to a sprained ankle).

If you’ve had a compromise to your lymphatic system, such as node(s) removed due to cancer or radiation therapy, MLD can help move the fluid along.  It’s very gentle and light (1-2 on a pressure scale of 5 being extremely deep) and can be used not just for areas with non-malignant lymphedema but  as a treatment for many pathologies including post surgical swelling, post traumatic edema (e.g., sports injuries), migraine headaches and chronic pain syndromes.

MLD is intended to gently reroute lymph flow around areas where nodes have been removed or radiated into healthy lymph vessels which drain into the venous circulation or enhance flow where there is an output capacity problem and edema due to surgery or an injury.  MLD has an analgesic component and engages the parasympathetic nervous system too (pain blocking effect while being deeply relaxing) so it’s also indicated for chronic pain syndromes and autoimmune disorders.

MLD is indicated for:

  • Sprain
  • Whiplash
  • Hematoma
  • Post Surgical Edema
  • Cancer Support
  • Palliative/Hospice Support
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Formerly RSD)
  • Migraine
  • Tinnitus

If you’re interested in Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage A Basic Knead is located just outside of Worcester in the Chauncy Place Healing and Wellness Center, diagonally across route 9 from Massage Envy. If you are seeking specialized therapies from a licensed and certified massage therapist, I am pleased to see you. You can conveniently book by clicking below on the booknow button.

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