What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy

MLD is a treatment that has been around Globally for many years.   MLD is a specialised and very precise therapy that stimulates and encourages lymph flow.   It is  very gentle with rhythmic movements administered by a highly trained therapist.  The lymphatic systems clear away waste products of cell metabolism and filters the fluid.  The Lymphatics are the cleaning system of the body.

MLD incorporates very gentle and light precise hand movements to the skin.  This aims to redirect fluid from swollen areas to healthy lymphatic vessels.  The Lymph system can become sluggish leading to a feeling of being unwell, tiredness and lethargy.  It helps to detox the body and boost your immunity system.  The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in protecting the body from infection and ridding it of waste products, it also maintains the correct balance of fluid throughout the tissues of the body.


It is beneficial for a range of conditions including:

  • Post traumatic swellings ( After accidents, surgery, sports injuries, bruising and sprains)
  • Detoxification of the body, reducing bloating
  • Acne, psoriasis, dermatitis
  • Sinusitis, nasal congestion, catarrh allergies
  • Stress, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Post Cosmetic surgery swelling
  • Fluid retention, puffy eyes, swollen joints
  • Hormonal imbalance, MS, Infertility
  • Lymphoedema, Lipoedema
  • Fibromyalgia


Combined Decongestive Therapy

Combined Decongestive Therapy is the combination of Manual Lymph Drainage, skincare exercises and compressive bandaging.  CDT involves frequent visits to a certified therapist with a doctor’s prescription.  Once the lymphoedema is reduced increased patient participation is required for ongoing care.

The therapist will show the patient how to manage the lymphoedema with compression garments, exercises and simple techniques.  CDT is generally effective and helps tp manage the conditions to prevent further complications but it is not a cure.