Acute Muscle Sprains
When tissue fibres become torn or damaged, bleeding, swelling and pain may occur due to overload or overstretching causing an injury to a specific area. Rest, ice elevation and compression are absolutely vital in the early stages of trauma. Treatment in the post-acute phase of any injury should also include Manual Lymph Drainage.
MLD is of paramount importance in aiding the healing of any injured area, one of MLD’s main functions is to reduce swelling. The accumulation of fluid and damaged cell particles need to be removed as soon as possible from the affected area to allow the region to repair sufficiently, if adequate drainage is not applied this may inhibit the healing, prolonging pain and discomfort.
The lymphatic fluid relies on general muscle movement to assist the flow of lymph, with any injury or trauma there becomes a build-up of damaged cells, lymph fluid accumulates around the site for protection, the muscle activity needed to achieve lymph drainage is reduced because of pain and dysfunction.
MLD will invigorate the lymph system, reduce swelling, stimulate the circulation to promote healing, take away any damaged blood cells, and prevent excess scar tissue from forming and help break adhesions.
Bone & Joint Injuries
Massage in the acute stage of these conditions is usually contraindicated, but with MLD the therapist is able to assist the repair of bone and joint injuries by working around the affected area.
MLD is able to drain the injury site by massaging the neighbouring region bringing relief to pain and tenderness, by applying a light stroking technique soft tissue damage will start to restore, reducing bruising and swelling.
Sue Relph MAR., MLDuk, (DLT)
A Highly Experienced & Qualified Practictioner of MLD in Kent