Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Body Being in Balance
Del Mar Lymph
The Superior Recovery Support for your post recovery needs
I have been preforming Manual Lymphatic Drainage (mld) for post-surgery recovery since 1998.
I have assisted 1000’s of patients in their recovery process for optimal results.
In addition, I have utilized my training in myofascial release during the healing process to support the optimal crafting of the new you.
What are Lymphatics and Lymphatic Massage?
The lymphatic system;
A network of tissues and organs which;
Drains excess fluids and proteins from tissues all around the body and returns them back into the bloodstream.
Removes waste products produced by cells.
Absorbs fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system and transports these into the bloodstream.
The lymphatic system primarily consists of lymphatic vessels, which are similar to the veins and capillaries of the circulatory system. The vessels are connected to lymph nodes, where the lymph is filtered.
Manual Lymphatic Massage (MLD)
Created by Dr Vodder in 1936
The art of assisting the Lymphatic System in preforming this cleansing action, particularly when it has been damaged or compromised through life-style choices, injury or surgical procedures (e.g., Liposuction, plastic, orthopedic and cancer surgeries). Lymphatic massage is a series of gentle hand movements which creates a stretch across the vessel and a circular movement towards the flow with a quick release which propels the fluid forward. The weight of a nickel and the rhythm of a heart beat, these movements increase the flow by 10x their normal pace. The healing time is quickened with swelling, bruising and pain diminishing with each progressive session.
Contact me to discuss your unique situation to create a plan for your recovery.
Stages of Healing
Recovery from each of these surgeries has its own healing journey.
MLD works miracles in helping to reduce swelling, bruising and pain with the added benefit of more refined incisions due to less tension on the skin allowing a finer smoother result.
Myofascial release is key in eliminating any irregularities which may occur.
It is the manual rolling and manipulating of the tissue to break down adhesions and scar tissue.
1. There is the initial swelling and bruising which generally appears right after the completion of the surgery
2. This is followed by the build-up of scar tissue, which forms as a result of the surgery, and is characterized by hard lumps and uneven areas just beneath the surface of the skin
These irregularities are addressed with myofascial release techniques which breaks down the collagen fibers through manual rolling techniques.
3. Electric shocks are a signal the nerves are healing and reconnecting, generally beginning at 2 to 3 weeks.
Tummy Tucks, Face Lifts, Breast augmentation, Arm Lifts and Lower Body Lifts
The incisions associated with larger surgeries has an added healing process.
Lymph vessels are severed do to the incision. Fluids can no longer cross the break so it is essential to move the fluids to the nearest open vessels and nodes. The lymphatic system has built with in it many back up systems to accommodate this disruption.
A tummy tuck may build a bubble of fluids which linger right above the incision. This is addressed by directing the fluids around the incision and down towards the nodes.
Cancer, Orthopedic Surgeries etc.
MLD's application to these surgeries follows the same path.
Consult the Phasician as to the recommended onset of treatement.
Treatment series for Liposuction/Plastic Surgery
1 or 2 sessions of mld before the surgery prepares the tissue for less bleeding during surgery. This supports less bruising afterwards.
2 to 3 mld sessions for 2 to 4 weeks beginning at 7 days post op. Note: Some surgeons may prescribe MLD the day after surgery. However , there can be certain challenges as the body has not yet had adequate time for initial healing to occur and may release a significant amount of bodily fluids, the first few days of recovery, if the incisions are not closed. As we are not a medical facility, I generally begin session after all incisions have closed and are not seeping-generally about 5 to 7 days post- surgery
3. Those needing quick recovery, I have discovered daily treatments for 7 to 12 days allows you to step back into life refreshed and ready to live.*
4. Myofascial Release for scar tissue management begins at approximatly 2 weeks post op. It is the breaking down of collagen fibers through manual rolling techniques.
5. Fitting of a proper compressive garment. Beyond the inital healing, approximatly 6 weeks, begins the next phase. The proper garment will sculpt the tissue as it heals supporting a well formed figure.
Lymphatic Massage for Post Cancer Living*
Sometimes there is a risk the Lymphatic system can be damaged as the result of surgery. This is especially true for some cancer related surgeries.
When this happens, a condition called Lymphedema, a slowing or “back-up” of Lymphatic fluids may occur. It is a real potential side effect of cancer treatment.
Whether Lymphedema occurs from the removal of individual lymph nodes causing the lymph fluid to have a narrowed or lost pathway out or from the effect of chemotherapy and/or radiation, extreme care and support is essential to keep the associated swelling under control.
Starting an MLD maintenance program before any swelling is visible may support a more positive long-term outcome.
Lymphedema, if allowed to go unchecked, can turn into a life long condition. It is recommended that excessive swelling be treated aggressively with multiple sequential treatments over approx. 2 to 3 weeks. Followed by less weekly treatments until edema is diminished and a maintenance program can be followed.
Individual results may differ.
Compressive garments are imperative in controlling Lymphedema.*
Call today to discuss your unique situation for treatment and garments.
Lymphatic massage for wellbeing*
Lymphatic massage is an integral part of a health and well being program.
It's for everyone!
Stress, poor food intake, travel and intense work schedules can have a negative impact on the immune system. Increasing the lymphatic flow removes undue stress on this system and allows to body to return to a state of rest and renewal.