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  • Writer's pictureMandy Bishop

Journey to the Heart: Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Updated: Jan 23, 2022

Did you know that your lymphatic system works to filter excess fluid, inflammation and toxins from your body? 

The lymph fluid travels through the node groups and to the heart - blood becomes lymph, and lymph becomes blood. In this way, our immune system, cardiovascular system and lymphatic system work together to keep us healthy. 💪🏻 Unlike our cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system does not have a large pump (like the heart) to promote circulation of lymph throughout the body. The lymphatic system relies on skeletal muscle contraction or manual lymphatic drainage to promote fluid movement, and it is typically a very slow moving system. MLD or Manual Lymphatic Drainage can help to stimulate the node groups and manually move excess interstitial fluid from the body’s tissues into the lymphatic vessels, and back into the heart. The treatment for a full body session of lymphatic drainage is 60-90 minutes in sequence, depending on the treatment goal. 30 minute sessions can be booked for acute concerns. 

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a very gentle, relaxing subtle treatment as the lymphatic vessels are superficial.

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