Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is the technique within manual therapy that facilitates lymphatic circulation through the body.
Manual lymphatic drainage includes smooth, slow and repetitive movements, favoring the lymphatic circulation, hence improving edematous conditions, inflammations and retention of organic liquids.
Effects of lymphatic drainage in the body:
• Analgesic action
• Sympatholytic action (relaxing action)
• Immune action.
• Draining action.
Manual lymphatic massage is indicated as a treatment technique in facial oedema, pre and post-surgical oedema, during pregnancy as a treatment for swollen, tired or painful legs, cellulitis, sports injuries, among others.