Integrative Manual Lymphatic Drainage Programs are the ideal pre and post-operative treatment for those undergoing surgery.
A downside of most surgeries are the initial after effects, such as swelling and bruising, which are experienced by individuals post surgery. The time it takes for the skin to recover can differ from person to person due to many factors such as age, general health, lifestyle, type of surgery, etc., however, a course of Integrative MLD programs makes the healing process MUCH faster.
What is the key component of Integrative Manual Lymphatic Drainage Programs and how can it help?
Described as “One of the best kept secrets on the health and beauty scene”, the actual hands-on manual lymphatic drainage’s intensely relaxing effect masks the strength of the treatment itself. It is a very gentle, light touch massage that improves the efficiency of the lymphatic system – the body’s waste disposal system. Specific and gentle movements of the skin stimulate and increase the rate of removal of waste products, toxins and excess fluid from the body’s tissues. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is regularly prescribed in Europe to improve healing and reduce recovery time after surgery. Treatment pre and post-surgery is often recommended to get the lymphatic system in peak condition to help reduce the swelling and bruising, keep it operating at optimum levels to accelerate the healing process, encourage better scar formation and ultimately help in a quicker recovery process.
The Integrative MLD Program Treatment – what to expect
The first visit to a trained and certified MLD practitioner will include a consultation including health lifestyle, nutrition, exercise habits as well as the duration and frequency sessions in each program. Each session will last approximately one hour. Where appropriate the therapist will work in conjunction with your medical practitioner.
At a hands-on manual MLD session you will be asked to remove some of your clothing and lie down on the treatment bed where you will be covered in towels to keep you warm. You are now in the qualified hands of your MLD therapist, so lie back and enjoy one of the most relaxing treatments you have ever experienced. As no oils or powders are used it is completely safe even for those with sensitive skin.
Are there any side effects to the treatment?
There are usually no bad side effects and it is perfectly safe to eat before and after a session. It helps to drink some water after the session and you may need to go to the toilet more often, as the re-energised lymphatic system starts to recycle excess fluid and waste. After an MLD treatment session, you should feel more relaxed and clear-headed!
Most of our pre & post surgery MLD clients come to us via referral, because their surgeons do not have a certified MLD specialist on site. The recommendations are one or two sessions before surgery and 6 to 8 sessions after surgery, 2 times per week.