MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE, a pleasant way to take care of your health!

Have you ever heard about Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that helps eliminate waste, toxins, and excess fluids from the body.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a therapeutic massage technique that aims to stimulate the lymphatic system and encourage the movement of lymph fluids in the body.

In the 1930s, a Danish massage therapist, Emil Vodder and his wife, Estrid, developed a gentle, completely painless and rhythmic massage that uses light pressure and repetitive movements to stimulate the lymphatic vessels and help move lymph fluids towards the lymph nodes.

The massage is usually performed on the skin, using a combination of stretching, circular, and pumping movements, and it can be applied to various parts of the body, including the face, neck, arms, legs, and abdomen.

The benefits of MLD are numerous and include:

  1. Reducing swelling and edema: MLD is often used to treat conditions that cause fluid buildup in the body, such as lymphedema, which is a condition where the lymphatic system is damaged or removed. It helps to move excess fluid from the affected area and reduce swelling.
  2. Boosting immune function: The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in the body’s immune function. MLD stimulates the lymphatic system, increase the production of white blood cells, and enhance the body’s ability to fight infections.
  3. Relieving pain and discomfort: MLD helps to alleviate pain and discomfort caused by conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and arthritis. The massage can help to reduce inflammation and improve circulation, which leads to pain relief.
  4. Improving digestion: The lymphatic system is closely linked to the digestive system. For this reason, MLD can help to improve digestion and relieve symptoms such as bloating, constipation, and abdominal pain.
  5. Enhancing relaxation and reducing stress: As it is a gentle and soothing massage, this method can help to promote relaxation and reduce stress. The massage can help to lower cortisol levels, which is a hormone associated with stress.
  6. Promoting healing after surgery: MLD is also used to promote healing and reduce scarring after surgery. The massage can help to reduce swelling and improve circulation, which can aid in the healing process.
  7. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) can also improve skin quality. The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy skin, as it helps to remove toxins and waste products from the body. When the lymphatic system is not functioning properly, toxins and waste can build up in the body, leading to skin problems such as acne, rosacea, and eczema. As MLD improves lymphatic circulation and stimulates the flow of lymph fluids in the body, it helps to remove toxins and waste products from the skin. This also improves the appearance and quality of the skin. Not only this, MLD can also help to reduce inflammation and improve blood flow, which can help to promote healing and reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes.
  8. It is also suitable for pregnant women.

    During pregnancy, many women experience swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet due to the increased pressure on the circulatory system. MLD can help to reduce this swelling by increasing lymphatic flow and improving circulation. This can help to relieve discomfort and reduce the risk of developing more serious conditions such as deep vein thrombosis.

    In addition to reducing swelling, MLD can also promote relaxation and reduce stress. Pregnancy can be a stressful time, and MLD can help to ease tension and promote a sense of calm. This can be especially beneficial for women who are experiencing anxiety or depression during pregnancy.

    However, it is important to note that not all massage therapists are trained in MLD, and pregnant women should only receive massage from therapists who are experienced in working with pregnant women and have been trained in prenatal massage techniques. It is also important to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new treatment during pregnancy.

If you are interested in trying MLD, in VivaBody we are qualified therapists who have experience in this technique. We can help tailor the massage to your specific needs and ensure that it is performed safely and effectively.

Regular MLD sessions can help to improve your lymphatic function, reduce swelling, and promote overall health and wellness.

If all this makes sense to you, and you think you could benefit from it, book an appointment and give it a try!


“Your health is your own responsibility,

but we can help you to achieve your best!”


Carol, VIvaBody Team.


What is an Osteopath? Why and when should you visit us?

What is an osteopath and how could they help me?

An osteopath is a healthcare professional who focuses on the musculoskeletal system and the way it interacts with other parts of the body, such as the nervous system, circulatory system, and organs. We use a range of manual techniques, such as massage, stretching, and manipulation, to improve the function and mobility of the body and we can help with a variety of health issues, such as:

  1. Musculoskeletal pain: Osteopaths can help alleviate pain in the muscles, bones, and joints, such as back pain, neck pain, and arthritis.
  2. Sports injuries: Helping to prevent and treat sports injuries, such as sprains and strains.
  3. Postural problems: Osteopaths can help correct postural problems, like those caused by long periods of sitting or standing, which can lead to pain and discomfort.
  4. Digestive issues: We can improve digestion by manipulating the soft tissues and organs of the digestive system.
  5. Respiratory issues: We also improve breathing and alleviate respiratory issues, such as asthma and bronchitis, etc…
  6. Women’s health: This is one of my favs! Osteopaths can help alleviate pain and discomfort during pregnancy and postpartum, as well as help manage menstrual pain and irregularities.

Overall, here in VivaBody, we aim to help the body to achieve it best and promote overall health and well-being. We may also provide advice on exercise and lifestyle changes to help you achieve optimal health.

When should I consider to visit one?

In general, you can visit an osteopath whenever you feel that you need assistance in improving your musculoskeletal health, relieving pain, or enhancing your overall wellbeing.

We will help you identify the root cause of your health problems and develop a personalized treatment plan to address them.

Providing advice on lifestyle modifications and self-care techniques to prevent further problems and maintain your health in the long term will also be one of our objectives.

You may consider visiting an osteopath if you experience any of the following:

  1. Pain or discomfort in the muscles, joints, or spine
  2. Limited range of motion or stiffness in the joints
  3. Headaches or migraines
  4. Digestive problems
  5. Repetitive strain injuries
  6. Chronic fatigue or low energy
  7. Pregnancy-related discomfort
  8. Sports injuries
  9. Postural problems or ergonomic issues
  10. Stress or tension-related problems

What can I expect from my 1st visit?

During your first appointment with us, you can expect the following:

  1. Case history: The osteopath will ask you questions about your current symptoms, medical history, lifestyle, and any previous injuries or surgeries.
  2. Physical examination: We will perform a physical examination, which may include testing your range of motion, posture, reflexes, and muscle strength. They may also examine your spine, joints, and soft tissues.
  3. Treatment plan: Based on the information gathered from your case history and physical examination, we will develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This may include manual therapies such as joint mobilization, soft tissue massage, and stretching exercises.
  4. Education and advice: Really important point here! We provide you with advice on exercises, posture, and lifestyle changes that may help improve your condition.
  5. Follow-up appointments: Depending on your condition, we may recommend follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan as necessary.

Overall, your first appointment with us is an opportunity for you to discuss your health concerns and receive a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your health goals.

How often should I visit my osteopath?

The frequency of your osteopathic visits will depend on your individual needs and symptoms. Some factors that may influence how often you should visit us are:

  • The severity and duration of your pain or discomfort
  • The cause and nature of your condition or injury
  • Your age, health status, and lifestyle
  • Your goals and expectations for treatment
  • Your response to treatment and self-care

In general, if you have mild to moderate symptoms, you may benefit from seeing your osteopath once a month/month and a half, once your symptoms have reduced. This can help to prevent recurrence and maintain your well-being.

However, if you have more severe or chronic pain, you may need to see us more frequently, such as every few weeks until the pain improves.

Your osteopath will assess your condition and advise you on the best course of treatment for you. We will also monitor your progress and adjust the frequency of your visits accordingly. You do not need a referral from your GP to see an osteopath privately, but you may want to check with your health insurance provider if they cover osteopathy.

Osteopathy is a safe and effective form of complementary medicine that can help you with a variety of health issues. However, it is not a substitute for medical care. If you have any serious or urgent medical concerns, please consult your GP or call 111.

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