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Manual Lymphatic Drainage for Faster Recovery

Sep 30, 2022 09:31AM ● By Dave Korba
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) can be beneficial for sports injuries, trauma and post-surgical sites (cosmetic, joint replacement, etc.) by decreasing the healing time due to the increase in lymphatic flow. A manual lymphatic drainage massage can also help with diagnoses such as lymphedema, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, wounds and other inflammatory conditions. Cancer patients may also benefit from MLD because it reduces swelling caused by fluid buildup after cancer treatments and mastectomies.


As a component of the immune system, the lymphatic system contains vessels and nodes filled with a mixture of water, proteins and waste products. Lymph fluid moves throughout the body by muscle action/contraction and respiratory movement, and has a key role because it maintains overall fluid levels, proper blood circulation and protects the body from bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.


The main lymph nodes are in the neck, armpits and groin. They work in harmony to ensure “clean” lymph fluid is transported back to the veins that carry blood toward the heart. Manual lymphatic drainage massage speeds up lymphatic flow, making the “cleaning” process more efficient and preventing fluid buildup.


Brenda A. Baxter, LMT/PTA, a certified holistic MLD practitioner, is the owner of The Balance, specializing in stress management and relaxation treatments, located at 2201 Forest Hill Dr., Ste. 9, Harrisburg. For more information, call 717-877-7533 or visit