MLD is a highly specialised form of massage, which uses light, rhythmical, very precise hand movements, pressures and sequences. The therapist must have an intimate knowledge of the workings of the anatomy of the lymphatic system. The massage works at a skin level to influence the direction and speed of lymphatic flow.
The lymphatic system integrates with other bodily systems. As well as playing a major part in immunity, it facilitates waste removal and assists with bringing nutrients and oxygen to cells.
A treatment commences at the neck and the next parts of the sequence will depend entirely on why MLD is being performed and the particular needs of the individual. The lymphatic system also relies on the movement of muscles in the surrounding area to activate the collection of lymph from surrounding tissues.
The Benefits of MLD:
References: MLD UK & Positive Health Online