After surgery you will experience swelling and bruising due to the surgery affecting flow in the lymph vessels, which are situated alongside the blood vessels throughout the body. Reduced healing, scar tissue, dimpled and uneven skin may become apparent and MLD is effective in restoring the flow within the lymph vessels to restore the skin to its normal look and feel. MLD Massage can be used before and after many proceedures including breast surgery, facelifts, eyelid surgery, tummy tuck, liposuction or a forehead, brow or chin lift.
It is important to note that Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD) is not the same as other types of massage. MLD requires the therapist to be trained in the location of the lymph vessels and nodes within the body. A deep massage may actually make your symptoms worse, so the pressure of a MLD massage is very light. You may actually feel as if the massage is not working at all, but research has proven that this form of massage is the optimum pressure required to remove the lymph fluid stuck in the tissue and into your blood circulatory system. MLD Massage does not just focus on the area where you have had surgery but is performed all over the body to enhance the lymph flow everywhere.
How often should I have MLD Massage?
A session before surgery is recommended and then at least 2-3 sessions per week up to one month following surgery (6-12 sessions). More sessions can be carried out if requested.
Physiocomestoyou has physiotherapists and massage therapists trained in MLD and we can see you conveniently at home at times that suit you. Contact us today on 0207 884 0374, visit our local Physio Comes To You page or via our website www.physiocomestoyou.co.uk to arrange your first appointment.