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Manual Lymphatic Drainage - When and for what?

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of body massage that, using compression and decompression movements, aims to help the body drain the lymph from the tissues to the lymph nodes.

There are several clinical situations that benefit from a DLM: fighting swelling, eliminating toxins, fighting cellulite, promoting healing and improving blood circulation.

Lymphatic drainage alone does not lose weight, but because it helps to eliminate excess fluids and toxins, it is an excellent adjuvant in the treatment of cellulite, edema, localized fat and post-surgical recovery.

This type of massage should always be performed in the direction of the lymph nodes, located in greater numbers in the cervical, axillary, abdominal, inguinal, popliteal regions.

The ideal in manual lymphatic drainage is to drain the whole body, by sector, with the possibility of using various types of maneuvers.

The effectiveness of DLM depends a lot on the technique and knowledge of the therapist who applies it, which is why it is essential that you use an experienced and trained therapist.

There are some very specific contraindications to DLM such as oncological situations, heart failure, asthma, coagulopathies, etc.

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