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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