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The lymphatic system is a one-way transport which helps the body maintain fluid balance by carrying excess water, protein, and large molecules from the interstitial space (the space located between the cells of our body), to the blood. The lymph nodes are a part of this system, and stimulate an immune response to infection, producing antibodies, filtering debris, foreign material, and abnormal cells.

Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of lymphatic fluid that causes swelling, or edema, most often of the arms and legs. Lymphedema can develop when components of the lymphatic system are missing or impaired (primary lymphedema), or when they are damaged or removed, as in surgery for cancer (secondary lymphedema).

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle and relaxing technique used to stimulate lymph circulation. This increase in circulation can increase the body’s ability to heal following a trauma, decrease edema in an affected body part, and decrease the symptoms of a migraine headache. MLD is part of a treatment for Lymphedema called Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy. Additional components of this program include compression therapy (using bandages or specialized garments), exercise, and skin care.

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