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Manual Lymphatic Drainage, abbreviated to MLD, is a gentle massage technique performed by specialists to apply precise pressure to the body’s tissues in order to remove excess waste and fluid.

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What Is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?


Manual Lymphatic Drainage, abbreviated to MLD, is a gentle massage technique performed by specialists to apply precise pressure to the body’s tissues in order to remove excess waste and fluid.

The natural massage technique is commonly used after liposuction procedures, but also as a method of control for lymphoedema and lipoedema – chronic conditions related to swelling and build up of fluid and fat cells.

As part of the body’s natural circulatory system, the lymphatic system gets rid of excess waste, toxins and fluid. However, sometimes the body’s mechanism is compromised or disrupted, resulting in an abnormal performance and build up (swelling).

Following procedures such as liposuction, our body naturally produces fluid around the area of trauma to heal and protect it. But from time to time our natural lymphatic system can struggle with the large volume of fluid and may not drain it was quickly as it would like. Additionally, excess fluid can sometimes cause hardness and lumpy areas in the body.

The specialised Manual Lymphatic Drainage technique applies rhythmical pressure points to problematic areas of fluid and waste build up in order to help the lymphatic system perform its job more effectively.

MLD not only removes excess waste from your body, but can also be relaxing as well as reduce pain receptor signals between the body’s tissues and the brain.

Multiple sessions are performed on different areas of the body depending on the area being treated.

Why Choose MLD?

MLD can drain fluids from the body following liposuction as well as part of a treatment plan for both chronic lymphoedema and lipoedema.

If Manual Lymphatic Drainage is performed to help lymphoedema and lipoedema, regular sessions may provide better results as both conditions are usually long term and not able to be fully treated.

There are many advantages of choosing MLD massage and with the right, qualified practitioner can produce brilliant, effective results. Patients across Manchester and the rest of the UK are choosing MLD in order to:

– Reduce the visibility of stretch marks
– Detox the body’s tissues
– Improve chronic conditions
– Relax the body
– Heal damaged ligaments
– Help with post cosmetic surgery recovery
– Ease chronic conditions such as arthritis and sinusitis
– Improve metabolic rate
– Reduce water retention
– Speeds up illness recovery
– Improve scar tissue appearance
– Reduce visibility of cellulite
– Increase circulation and blood flow

Different MLD specialists can use different techniques depending on the target area. Techniques include; scoop, rotary, stationary and pump.

MLD Results

The aim of Manual Lymphatic Drainage is to unblock the lymphatic channels within the body, detox the overall lymphatic system and provide a general sensation of health and wellbeing.

Any patient who has undergone a treatment of liposuction, including Vaser, MLD can assist with the aftercare and recovery to stop lumps forming under the skin, which provides an uneven contour.

MLD can also help with reducing post surgery symptoms such as swelling, pain and bruising.

Alleviating symptoms of cosmetic surgery can not only speed up the healing process but make it more tolerable. The build up of fluid can sometimes be unsightly and bring feelings of anxiety, which can also be reduced with effective MLD massage.

Unblocking obstructed lymph vessels can improve the lymph flow so that the body can transport excess waste from the body. Some patients also report a feeling of heaviness during a fluid build up that is eliminated with effective treatment.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Aftercare

Following a MLD massage treatment, patients sometimes find that they are very thirsty and may wish to replenish and quench their thirst with water.

After your massage, you should aim to drink plenty of fluids daily to continue flushing through your lymphatic system and be as active as possible.

Exercising and being active promotes healthy lymph flow and muscle movement keeps the lymphatic vessels moving efficiently.

Reduce or avoid your caffeine and alcohol intake, avoid smoking and eat only light meals for a few hours post treatment.

Why Us For MLD?

At the Manchester Private Hospital, we have qualified and experienced MLD massage specialists who perform various techniques on patients throughout the North West and North Wales.

We use a combination of gentle and firm precise movements combined with breathing techniques to promote the drainage of lymph nodes located near the surface of the skin and deep within the body.

Our highly skilled and personable staff have years of experience using MLD for chronic conditions, post surgery recovery, detoxing the body and strengthening the immune system.

Book Your Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage With Confidence

If you feel you may benefit from MLD massage or are wondering whether you are an ideal candidate for treatment, contact our friendly team on 0161 507 8822 to arrange a consultation.

We are able to assess all patients in a clinical environment with state of the art facilities at our Manchester based hospital.

Frequently Asked Questions

Treatment times vary depending on the target area and reason for treatment. Typically MLD massage lasts between 20-60 minutes.

SLD is Simple Lymphatic Drainage and is a home based technique that your massage therapist may be able to show you if they think it will be beneficial.

Pain or discomfort is not something patients report after MLD. Depending on the target area it feels like pressure and small tugs on your skin. Techniques are gentle and rhythmic.

People who have illnesses such as heart problems, thyroid issues, cancer or thrombosis may not be candidates for MLD or may have to have the technique adapted by qualified practitioners.

Lymph is a viscous fluid and can build up – causing the body to feel sluggish if your natural system doesn’t work efficiently.

Our conveniently located hospital site in Manchester caters for patients all over the North West and North Wales, including: Liverpool, Wigan, Warrington, Chester, Leigh, Wirral, Salford, Blackburn, Wrexham, and Sheffield.

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*Procedure prices are not fixed and may vary as procedure costs are tailored to individual requirements so vary from person to person. You will receive a guide price during your initial eConsult and a fixed price following your surgeon face to face consultation.


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