MLD supports immune function by facilitating the circulation of lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. It also supports detoxification by removing waste products from the local cellular environment. Enhancing the rate of flow to the lymph nodes is an effective line of defense because this is where the breakdown of viruses, bacteria and mutant cells occurs. In short, MLD moves fluid, and the movement of substances throughout the body is vital to maintain health and heal from injury.
Edema is localized stagnant fluid lingering in the spaces between tissues. This light, soothing rhythmic work stimulates flow from the tissue space back into circulation via the lymph system. It will decrease swelling after any trauma, including strains, sprains, burns and motor vehicle injuries, or surgery, such as plastic, oral, oncologic and orthopedic. It encourages sinus drainage and alleviates joint inflammation. There is also a cosmetic application for this technique as it will decrease puffy eyes and skin redness. This technique is particularly relaxing and calming to the nervous system thus promoting restful sleep.
COMBINED DECONGESTIVE THERAPY (CDT)
Cancer patients are at risk for lymphedema after surgical lymph node removal and radiation therapy. The treatment of lymphedema involves manual lymph drainage followed by the application of compression bandaging to assist return flow of lymphatic fluid which will decrease swelling. This intensive phase of treatment is available, however, it is often done by a physical therapist since it is typically covered by health insurance. However, to maintain a manageable stage of this chronic condition, regular maintenance MLD is recommended to avoid and control flare-ups.
This soft tissue treatment is very specific and thoroughly releases the entire muscle from end to end, unlike Swedish or deep tissue modalities that mainly touch the central bulk of muscles. Tender points and trigger points in muscles, tendons and ligaments are treated with this technique. Postural and muscular imbalances are also assessed and addressed. Pressure varies to stay within each client's comfort zone with the goal of achieving a "hurts so good" feeling.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE (MFR)
Fascia is connective tissue that forms a web throughout the body, enveloping musculature, connecting skin and muscles, and supporting internal organs. It has the ability of being stuck and dense due to poor posture, injury or scar tissue, however, by utilizing this technique, fascia becomes more liquid and flowing. It helps warm and release areas of adhesion so structures glide more easily over each other, thus improving mobility and range of motion.
MUSCLE ENERGY TECHNIQUES (MET)
During this technique, the patient participates by gently contracting and relaxing a muscle as directed by the therapist, to activate structures within the muscle fibers. This helps reduce contractures and restore normal resting length of the musculature.
Kelly Su Lim, LMT, CLT
Medical Massage Therapist 860.368.1648
specializing in Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage Therapy
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