Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD):
- Alleviates post-mastectomy discomfort
- Encourages drainage of post-op fluid build-up
- Relieves congestion of the head and neck
- Promotes weight loss
- Detoxes acne or other facial congestion
- Relieves Bell’s Palsy
- Reduces fluid following knee or hip surgery
Symptoms of post mastectomy Lymphedema include:
- Swelling in the breast, chest, shoulder, arm, or hand
- Area feels full or heavy
- Skin changes texture, feels tight or hard, or even looks red
- Aching, tingling or other discomfort in the affected area
- Decreased movement or flexibility in nearby joints, such as shoulder, hand, or wrist
- Trouble fitting your arm into a jacket or shirt sleeves
- Bra doesn’t fit the same
- Ring, watch, and/or bracelet feels tight, without weight gain
MLD encourages the natural drainage of the lymph system to carry waste back toward the heart for elimination by the kidneys. MLD is now recognized as a primary tool in lymphedema management.
Lymphedema results when lymph nodes are removed during surgery, changing, and sometime blocking, the flow of lymph fluid. This fluid buildup in the fatty tissues under the skin is called Lymphedema. It usually develops slowly over time and swelling can range from mild to severe.
Although it often starts immediately following surgery or radiation treatment, lymphedema can develop months or even years after surgery.