The lymphatic system is comprised of a network of specialised tissues, vessels, and organs. The initial lymph vessels are directly under the skin. These vessels and the deeper ones collect and transport a colourless fluid from the tissues, known as lymph. The lymphatic system carries vital substances for the defence of the body and removes waste products, proteins, water, fatty substances and cells. This lymph is moved through specific structures and lymph nodes. The lymph nodes act as filters and remove dead cells, noxious substances such as tattoo dyes. The lymph is transported back to the hear, where it joins the main circulatory system.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage ( MLD) is a very gentle, specialized massage, and an advanced therapy. The specific and gentle, rhythmic skin movement techniques are applied to the skin which is moved in the direction of lymph flow. The techniques used in MLD helps to remove the excess fluid from the tissues in the body, known as lymph, and via specific and specialised structures delivers it back to the circulatory system where the kidneys filter and remove the excess fluid. This is important in terms of removing oedema from the body, in the places it has accumulated.
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