Manual Lymph Drainage Manual Lymph Drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended by the therapist to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph from the tissue spaces in the body. The lymph system depends on contractions of the muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to our blood flow. Once in our blood flow our body is able to filter and get rid of lymph. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.