The effects of MLD

Manual lymphatic drainage technique on the foot

The primary aim of MLD is to encourage the lymphatic system to work to its full potential and therefore help to clear fluid from within the tissues.


Specialised, light pumping techniques move the skin in the direction of the flow of fluid within the lymphatic vessels. 


In addition, these slow, gentle rhythmic movements of the massage appear to have a calming effect on the nervous system and are, therefore, very relaxing and are useful in alleviating pain. It is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during treatment!


Many patients report an improved immune system or enhanced healing after having regular MLD sessions.


MLD sessions are frequently recommended by cosmetic surgeons to assist in reducing swelling, scarring, bruising and discomfort after procedures such as cosmetic surgery and body sculpting. (Please click here for the MLDuk mini guide to cosmetic surgery)


Here are a few common conditions for which people book appointments:

  • skin disorders - acne, eczema
  • chronic sinusitis and rhinitis
  • fluid congestion - swollen ankles, puffy eyes, painful breasts
  • digestive problems - constipation, IBS
  • old and new scars - post surgery and burns
  • headaches and migranes
  • trigeminal neuralgia and Bell's Palsy
  • arthritis and rheumatism
  • repair of torn ligaments and muscle sprains
  • fibromyalgia and muscle pain
  • auto-immune disorders
  • lymphoedema
  • lipoedema
  • post operative bruising and swelling - cosmetic surgery, liposuction