Manual Lymphatic Drainage & Oncology Massage 

Manual lymph drainage is very gentle using pumping pressure at the lymphatic nodes rather than muscle manipulation. Most people fall asleep or fall into a highly relaxed state, due to the slow, gentle rhythmic motions used during the treatment. This calmed state may make it unwise for the patient to drive themselves home following their first treatment.

 

the treatment is applied over clothing and is not recommended on thicker fabrics such as denim which restricts body movement. Leggings, joggers skirts or shorts are advised.

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This treatment is a very gentle, flowing, rhythmic massage that is deeply relaxing, while powerfully cleansing. It is performed in 2 cycles over the clothing and has strong immunological and pain-relieving effects as well as calming the emotions and mind.

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It is effective in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions including:

oedema,

skin disorders,

headache,

sinus congestion,

sprains and aches,

stress,

digestive disorders,

it can be used prior and from 14 days post-surgery to remove tissue congestion, improve lymphatic drainage and minimize scar formation.

It is particularly useful as part of the post-mastectomy and weight-related surgeries healing, to reduce immediate oedema and fibrosis.

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Occasionally, you may experience side effects after MLD massage, this is due to the body going through a detoxification process to eliminate toxins.

 

These reactions may include:

  • Mild dizziness or disorientation due to lowered BP.

  • Increased Frequency of urination or bowels

  • Short-lived Runny nose and / or cough

  • Slight skin rash around the nodes as the skin re-balances

  • Increased Perspiration - an excretion process

  • Altered body temperature

  • Altered sleep patterns and vivid dreams

  • Altered appetite and digestion

  • Conditions which have been suppressed may flare up temporarily before they heal

These reactions are only temporary and should clear within 24-48 hours.  They are positive signals that your body has responded to the treatment and is re-balancing itself. With each subsequent treatment the ‘side effects’ should lessen as the body is more balanced.

MLD Aftercare Advice.

To gain the most from your MLD and Oncology Massage treatment, its recommended to do the following:

  1. Increase your water intake over the following 7 days to prevent dehydration occurring.

  2. Loosen any tight clothing to encourage lymph flow for 12 - 24 hours after treatment. 

  3. Try to drink more herbal or fruit teas and juices to assist the detoxification process.

  4. Avoid all stimulants (alcohol, energy drinks, fizzy drinks, tonic water, caffeine, nicotine / tobacco products, vaping or recreational drugs for 24 hours after the treatment and 12 hours prior to treatment.

  5. Avoid strenuous activities, heavy exercise or long drives for 24 hours after treatment, your body needs time for Rest and Relaxation. 

  6. Try to reduce stress, maybe try light exercise, going for a walk, breathing or mediation to help. 

  7. Avoid having any other treatments for 48 hours afterwards to prevent interactions occurring.

  8. Diet is important; eat a light  healthy meals; avoiding heavy, greasy, fatty or spicy foods for at least 24 hours after treatment so that the body does not need to concentrate on a sluggish digestion.

  9. Follow any specific aftercare advice given following the treatment. 

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