What is Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)?

Manual lymph drainage is a highly specialised massage technique that works on the connective tissue and stimulates the lymph flow.

What conditions might it help?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage helps to relieve fluid congestion. If you suffer with problems such as swollen ankles, tired, puffy eyes and swollen limbs as well as restless legs this treatment may be the answer for you. It can also help in the management of insomnia, depression and stress.

What is the treatment?

The therapy involves a range of specialised and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques working over connective tissue and stimulating lymph flow. The lymphatic vessels carry substances vital to the body’s defences and help to remove waste products. If these are blocked or not working efficiently, swelling can result.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is both a preventative and remedial treatment. It is a smooth and precise manual massage technique which totally differs from that of a classical massage and it is a completely non-aggressive treatment.


How will my treatment work?

Each session can last up to an hour. The first visit will include a consultation and Frances will advise you on the number and frequency of treatments. Where appropriate we will work in conjunction with your medical practitioner.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage and  fertility

If you are thinking about preparing for conception, either naturally or assisted, why not speak to us about how Manual Lymphatic Drainage may help as a natural preparation for conception.

What factors affect fertility?

Factors that may affect fertility issues can be age, diet, lifestyle – including environmental and occupational hazards, medical history and stress. The prime reproductive age is 35 and below, but many people today opt to start a family later than this due to modern lifestyle changes.

A UK fertility survey published in 2007 suggests that fertility issues are twice as common as previously thought and therefore may cause problems for one in three people.

How can Manual Lymphatic Drainage help?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a highly specialised massage technique involving a gentle palpation of the skin, working on the connective tissue and stimulating the lymph flow. One of the benefits of this treatment is aimed at removing toxins from the body and therefore may be useful at the start of a pre-conception programme as a detoxifying treatment.

Immune problems are increasingly believed to be a contributing factor in infertility issues. The lymph system is a key factor in the immune system, acting as the body’s waste disposal system, clearing away toxins, cell debris and bacteria. Manual Lymphatic Drainage may assist in removing blockages in the system. Also, by focusing on the groin area where many lymph nodes are located may assist in improving the blood supply to the pelvic area.

Your treatment

At your first treatment, the therapist will begin by taking a full general and gynaecological history. They will also look at your lifestyle and nutrition. From this information, a course of treatment is put together to fit around your specific needs.