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Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a type of gentle, specific pressure massage in rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow and drainage of the lymph tissue, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. MLD is performed with gentle stroking of the body toward the heart. It assists the body in the movement of lymphatic tissue where the movement might be sluggish (inguinal, axillary, lymphatic region, etc.). The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system.