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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT)

Mark Grubb

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle, light touch massage used to treat and control different types of Lymphoedema or swelling of an arm, leg or other part of the body due to an abnormal build-up of a fluid called lymph in the body tissues. MLD uses the lymphatic system to cleanse the body, reduce and ease swelling and strengthen the immune system by stimulating the flow of lymph.

The lymphatic system is an important part of the body’s defenses against infection. It is made up of groups of lymph nodes or glands throughout the body, connected by a network of lymphatic vessels. It contains cells which fight infection, transport excess fluid from body tissues and get rid of waste and bacteria.

What are the benefits?

MLD is both preventative and remedial and can enhance your well being. Furthermore, MLD:·    Is deeply relaxing

  • Promotes the healing of, and lessens pain from, fractures, torn ligaments and sprains
  • Can improve many chronic conditions: sinusitus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, acne and other skin conditions
  • May strengthen the immune system as part of “detox” treatment
  • Relieves fluid congestion: swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs
  • Is an effective component in the treatment and control of Lymphoedema (which may occur after cancer treatment) and assists in conditions arising from venous insufficiency
  • Promotes healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars
  • Can be used to speed healing after surgery.

What is Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT)?
Complex decongestive therapy is an intensive treatment that combines Manual Lymphatic Drainage, multi-layer bandaging, compression garments, exercise and skin care to treat Lymphoedema, Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) and ulceration. The oedema must first be relieved by Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), combined with the application of compression bandages in stage 1 and later hosiery in stage 2 of Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT).

Compression increases tissue pressure which pushes more fluid into the veins. It also greatly improves the action of the venous muscle pumps: relaxation and contraction of the calf muscles assist in driving blood, present in the veins, towards the heart. Valves in the veins prevent backflow of the blood, though dilated veins do not fully close and some backflow occurs. Compression helps to narrow dilated veins, thus improving competence.

“Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is an excellent treatment for the swelling of the legs associated with venous ulceration and Lymphoedema. MLD is a very underrated treatment and should be more widely available."
Mr. Gaunt, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Cambridge.


Mark is a fully certified Lymphoedema therapist with extensive knowledge of the debilitating condition, having worked with a specialist team at St Georges National Health Trust in London.

He offers manual lymphatic drainage and complete decongestive therapy together with advice on exercise and skin care. Mark also offers myofascial release to help soften scar tissue after surgery.

For further information/an appointment contact Mark Grubb on 07770 668090
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Web: www.medandmind.co.uk

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