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Natural Health > Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

The flow of the lymph systems depend on contractions of the muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels. Lymphedema results if fluid accumulates in the tissues. Lymphatic drainage therapies restore a free-flowing lymphatic system by reducing and eliminating blockages. Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) uses gentle rhythmic massage on the skin to stimulate lymph flow. Compression via garments, bandaging, or pump, can be applied to the affected area to maintain edema reduction and promote fluid movement. Complete decongestive therapy combines these treatments with exercise and skin care. (source: Wikipedia, Stanford University School of Medicine)