Manual lymphatic drainage, or MLD, is a special, unique type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage drainage of the lymph nodes. Their primary goal is to carry waste products back towards the heart and away from the body tissues. At Skintology MedSpa of New York, NY, we highly recommend patients who have undergone surgical procedures to learn more about this treatment and how it positively impacts the body post-surgery.
How do lymph nodes work?
The lymph system is one part of the body’s immune system and includes a network of vessels and nodes. The vessels transport a clear fluid called lymph, and the lymph nodes are small bean-shaped structures that are found along the lymph vessels. They filter out bacteria and other foreign substances from the lymph fluid.
Why is manual lymphatic drainage important after surgical procedures?
Manual lymphatic drainage is often recommended as part of the post-surgical rehabilitation process because it can help to reduce swelling. When the lymph system works correctly, it helps remove excess fluid from the tissues. However, surgery or other trauma can damage the lymph vessels and cause them to become blocked. This can result in a build-up of lymph fluid in the tissues, which can lead to swelling.
Manual lymphatic drainage can help improve the lymph vessels’ function and reduce swelling by encouraging the flow of lymph fluid through the body. In addition, it can help to break down scar tissue and promote healing.
How is manual lymphatic drainage performed?
Manual lymphatic drainage is usually performed by a therapist who has been trained in this technique. The therapist will use gentle, rhythmic strokes to stimulate the lymph vessels. It is generally performed using light pressure and does not require the use of massage oils or lotions.
What are the advantages of manual lymphatic drainage?
Manual lymphatic drainage can offer many benefits, including:
- Reduced swelling following surgery or injury
- Improved healing
- Reduced pain
- Increased relaxation
- Boosted immune system function
How do I learn more about manual lymphatic drainage?
The team at Skintology MedSpa in New York, NY, is here to provide information on this and other post-surgical solutions to improve results and facilitate faster healing. Call 212-832-2225 to request an appointment with one of our providers to learn more about the importance of manual lymphatic drainage following surgery.