No MLD is very gentle and light in pressure it shouldn't cause redness, pain or discomfort.
WHen would mld or cdt not be recommended for treatment?
MLD or CDT is not recommended if an infection is present, if the client suffers from congestive heart failure, DVTs, blood clots,has untreated cancer or is under going Chemo or Radio Therapy.
CAN MLD BE USED ON AN ACUTE INJURY?
Yes but only if infection isn't present, where general massage is contraindicated because of risk of causing more inflammation, MLD has been proved effective in treating areas proximal to the injury, as it assists in clearing inflammatory exudate and debris. Excessive swelling causes pressure on tissues affecting cell health and reduces range of motion.
why is mld recommended for pre and post sugery?
MLD is very beneficial before surgery because it facilitates tissue decongestion, (cleansing) thus encouraging optimum tissue health. Post surgical benefits are reducing swelling thus reducing pressure on the surrounding nerves and blood vessels thus reducing pain and discomfort, speeds removal of blood proteinsthat have leaked into the surrounding tissue, it also assists in the regeneration of lymphatic tissue and finding of new pathways for more effective drainage.
I HAVE LYMPHOEDEMA OF THE ARM, WHY IS IT NESSECARY TO WEAR A COMPRESSION GARMENT AFTER AN MLD SESSION OR DURING MY DAILY ACTIVITIES?
Wearing of a garment post treatment and during the day is very important if you have lymphoedema of the arm or leg, as it has been proven that the tissue will fill with fluid in less than 30 minutes post treatment, so for the best results a compression garment should be applied directly after MLD. The compression garment applies pressure on the tissue forcing the fluid into the vessels ensuring continuous drainage. Doing gentle exercise with the garment on is also beneficial as the muscle movement acts as a pump pushing fluid out of the tissue with the muscle contraction.
why is it important to keep the skin well moisturised and protected against the elements?
Keeping your skin supple and smooth without roughness or cracking, maintains its natural protective barrier against damage and infections.