MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE (MLD) THERAPY
LYMPHOEDEMA & MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
is a swelling that can affect any part of the body, although it is most commonly
seen in an arm or leg. This condition develops when the lymph system, the
delicate vessels of the draining nodes can no longer work effectively, because
it has become damaged or its function is impaired.
can be described as being Primary and Secondary.
is either congenital or spontaneous; it is result of an inherited abnormality of
the lymphatic and venous system. Lymphoedema may be present from birth or can
develop in young adulthood or even later in life.
Secondary Lymphoedema is caused by damage to the lymphatic system. It can develop as a result of:
mastectomy or hysterectomy the nearby cancerous lymph nodes can be removed
surgically; thereafter, radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy are used to stop the spreading of
the damaged cells. The Surgery, chemo and radio may cause swelling, pain
and mis-shapen arms and legs.
The Therapy of Primary & Secondary Lymphoedema
the initial consultation the medical history is taken. The swollen and the
healthy limb are measured and the difference is recorded by percentage.
Initially it is advisable to have treatments for 2-3 weeks on a daily basis
(considering the severity of the swelling); thereafter the treatment interval
varies according to the bodys response.
Recommended to clients who refuse to wear multi layer bandages or compressive
MLD & Good Health
the background of nutritional therapy and long experience in treating Lymphoedema
better and quicker results are achieved if the patient follows a specific diet
programme, which will be discussed during the consultation. Special exercise and
skin care programme is discussed to maximise the results of MLD and good
health. A Lymphoedema recommendation guideline is given to every single patient.