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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

MLD is a gentle, manual therapy that helps promote the movement of lymphatic fluid throughout the body and out of swollen limbs. Read more below.

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What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)? MLD is a component of complex decongestive physiotherapy (CDT) which is the gold standard in managing lymphedema and is used therapeutically to manage many issues and diseases. It's most well known for reducing edema (swelling) although it has other effects such as improving venous return, reducing fatigue, and raising the pain threshold (Schingale, et al, 2021) along with helping the nervous system move from a sympathetic to a parasympathetic state (i.e. it helps relax your nervous system) and enhancing your immune system. MLD is a gentle touch therapy that uses a few basic techniques and sequences to move fluid throughout the body.


MLD is helpful for people with post-surgical edema, injuries like sprains/strains, whiplash, hematomas, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines and sinus headaches, tinnitus, Lyme disease, diabetes, and others. It's also well tolerated by oncology patients because of its light touch and used to help manage lymphedema (with the oversight of a CDT/lymphedema therapist and/or doctor).

Complex lymphedema is outside of the scope of practice here and if there are any other contraindications discovered, you will be referred out to someone with more advanced training. New clients will ONLY BE ALLOWED TO BOOK FOR MLD and will not be able to make appointments for massage.

Sessions are available for 60 or 90 min. All first time clients, will be required to complete a consultation before their first treatment.

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