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Manual Lymph Drainage - Ireland

What is Manual Lymph Drainage ?

Manual Lymph Drainage is a complementary therapy that involves the therapist using the hands to gently and rhythmically pump, scoop, and stroke the skin to stimulate the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system is located just under the skin and it plays a a vital role in the body's immune system and in the elimination of waste from the body. Unlike the body's circulatory system the lymphatic system does not have vales or pumps to push it around the body and it's organs. It relies upon the body movement within the body to dispel bodily waste products.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage was developed in the 1930's in France by a Danish massage therapist called Emil Vodder. Today Dr Vodder's work continues to be studied and enhanced at the Vodder School of Austria and in Vodder schools elsewhere across the globe.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage quickly became established in continental Europe as valuable treatment for a number of medical conditions however it took some time for it to take hold in Ireland.

MLD Ireland is the professional association of health care practitioners who obtained additional and specialised training to provide treatment in the management of lymphoedema and other lymphatic-related disorders.

What Conditions Does Manual Lymph Drainage Treat ?

Manual Lymph Drainage is viewed as an important element in the treatment and control of lymphoedema. Lymphoedema is a swelling of tissue due to blockage or absence of lymph drainage channels. It is also believed to assist in the successful healing of bone breaks, torn ligaments, sprains, swollen legs and ankles, and headache.

Other chronic conditions such as sinusitis and rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from Manual Lymph Drainage. It is also useful for detoxification but it is not recommended for people suffering from acute inflammatory or infectious conditions. MDL Ireland indicates that MDL therapy is beneficial in treating the following conditions:

• It is an effective component in the treatment and management of primary and secondary lymphoedema (stages, I, II, III)
• Post-traumatic oedema (haematoma, dislocation of the shoulder, torn muscle fibres, Sudeck's Dystrophy)
• Post-operative oedema (plastic or venous surgery)
• It promotes the healing of wounds and burns and can improve the appearance and texture of old scars
• It is successfully being used to help heal leg ulcers
• It also assists in conditions arising from venous insufficiency
• The healing process of broken bones, torn ligaments and sprains can be accelerated or enhanced, and pain can often be eased
• Chronic inflammatory conditions such as sinusitis, diseases of the Rheumatic Form-Cycle, Acne and acne rosacea can be improved with the application of MLD
• Many female related conditions such as PMT and pregnancy related swellings respond well to MLD
• Lipedema / cellulite
• It has a calming effect on the autonomic nervous system that leaves you deeply relaxed. It can help improve the quality of sleep, relieve constipation and generally aid digestion

SOURCE: MDL Ireland

What Happens When You Visit a Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist ?

Manual Lymph Drainage Therapy

Before your first Manual Lymph Drainage treatment takes place a full consultation is conducted to check for any contraindications to treatment. Details about general health, medication, diet and hobbies will be also be discussed. The MLD treatment itself is conducted in a warm, comfortable room where you will be asked to undress down to your underwear, and lie on a plinth. You should be covered with towels throughout the massage, and only the parts of the body being massaged should be uncovered.

A massage that is very specific to your needs will then begin. Therapy sessions may last from one hour to ninety minutes depending upon your personal needs. It is not unusual for a client to nod off during the treatment as it is so relaxing. Unlike other massages no oils or powders are usually used during the treatment. Normally the treatment will focus on specific and relevant body parts at each session as opposed to a full body massage. The areas that will be treated will be discussed with you at the time of your appointment.

Following the Manual Lymph Drainage massage you will be given follow-up and after care advice. General lifestyle advice will also be given that is related to your specific needs, including some dietary advice and muscle stretching. Some information about using natural products at home may also be given if your therapist deems it appropriate.

Recommended Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist

Kildare Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist: Mary Shelly Ph:086 870 1946

Irish Representative Body for Manual Lymph Drainage

The main representative body for Manual Lymph Drainage in Ireland is MLD Ireland who can be contacted here and the main website is here.


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