We are very excited to be developing the services that we offer at Active Health and adding to our team. Anne McElnay, a Lymphedema Practitioner and Myofascial Specialist is joining Active Health with a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area.
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)is a specialised manual therapy that uses a gentle rhythmic pumping technique that torques the skin in the direction of lymph flow. The Vodder method of MLD stretches the skin in two directions that opens up the overlapped endothelial cells, allowing fluid in the tissues to drain into the initial lymph vessels. Once the the pressure in the lymphatic system builds it creates a vacuum effect, speeding up lymphatic flow and drainage from the tissues. MLD does not increase blood pressure so it is very safe for individuals with compromised tissues and vessels such as the elderly, diabetics and other pathologies were massage is contraindicated. MLD has a relaxing and calming effect on the nervous system as the soothing rhythmic stimulations of the skin lowers the activity of the sympathetic nervous system. This also has a pain reducing affect as it stimulates the mechanoreceptors in the skin by releasing inhibitory hormones that counterbalance the transmission of nociceptors (pain receptors). Pain is also reduced through the removal of chemical “danger” signal stimulators such as lactic acid or by products of histamines in the tissues.
Benefits of MLD
If you would like to discuss with our team about whether you would benefit from this service please call 028 90421188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org