The lymphatic system flows all throughout the body, and transports mainly white blood cells as part of the body's immune system. It helps regulate inflammation and the immune response, and removes waste and toxins from the body. Certain health conditions can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing a buildup in certain areas - also known as lymphedema. Examples include swollen ankles after a long-haul flight, or a swollen arm after breast cancer treatment.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage by a specially qualified practitioner can help promote the circulation of lymph and reduce swelling and associated pain and discomfort. You should only have Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage from a specially trained massage therapist.
In an Oncology setting, Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) has been found to be a safe and effective tool for managing cancer treatment related lymphedema. Lymphedema can commonly occur after surgery (particularly if lymph nodes have been removed), or after radiation treatment. Lymphedema can be very painful and increases your risk of infection, so it is important to identify and treat this as soon as possible.