The Meridian Centre

Manaual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage MLD at The Meridian Centre, Billesley (nr Moseley), South Birmingham

What is our lymphatic system?

"A system which purifies the body and regulates irritation, swelling and oedema." - Thomas Bartholin circa 1654

What is Manual Lymph Drainage?

A specialised massage technique which uses slow, rhythmical circular and pumping movements to gently move the skin over the underlying tissues. The muscles of the lymphatic system are stimulated which aids the removal of waste and excess fluid from tissues. The technique is pain free and extremely relaxing.

How can MLD help you?

For each person the effect is unique. However, it is extremely relaxing as it works directly on the nervous system; it encourages decongestion and more efficient movement of the body's waste products, it may therefore strengthen our immune system; and it can help to ease pain.

MLD, whilst helpful for many specific conditions, is also a good preventative therapy, supporting us to keep and feel well. Treatment is provided holistically - treating you as a whole person, not merely as a series of symptoms (for more information on holistic treatment, click here).

The Benefits:

  • Reduces feelings of stress - and can induce a deep state of relaxation
  • Encourages elimination of waste and toxins - helping to cleanse; aids constipation and digestion
  • Can improve chronic conditions such as sinusitis, arthritis, joint problems, acne, catarrh, hayfever, bursitis, headaches, migraines, ME
  • Promotes the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sports and other injuries; burns, wounds, scars, venous ulcers, sprains and traumatic and post-operative reactions
  • Can relieve fluid congestion, swollen ankles, eyelids, tired puffy legs due to constant standing, PMS and during pregnancy; decreases inflammation
  • Effective as part of the treatment and management of lymphoedema
  • Helps with conditions resulting from venous insufficiency and can also help to heal leg ulcers.

An MLD treatment:

Often people, who have never received MLD or another form of massage are deterred from booking a session because of 'fear of the unknown'. So if this is the case, please do not hesitate to ring for more information about the therapy, or about how the sessions run, without any obligation to book.

The first session is a consultation where you will be asked questions about your health and general well-being and where you get the opportunity to ask questions you may have. The treatment will be discussed with you, indicating the number and frequency of sessions to best meet your needs. This will be reviewed with you at each session. Chronic conditions, for example, may need several sessions in close proximity.

The first session is a consultation and can last up to 2 hours - this usually includes the first treatment. Further treatments last between 45 and 90 minutes again dependent on your specific needs. Conditions such as lymphoedema will require liaison with your medical practitioner with your involvement.

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage MLD at Billesley nr Moseley South Birmingham with the Merdian Centre