Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle manual technique which helps restore the body's balance by effectively clearing toxins from the body, as well as helping to reduce fluid retention from a variety of causes ranging from PMT, oedema, lymphoedema, sinusitis, pre and post-surgery or injury. It is particularly effective in reducing lymphoedema post-cancer.
Regular treatment can help to boost the immune system. MLD is tolerated well by patients who may find other forms of massage too painful. It is a slow, rhythmical treatment which makes it relaxing and therapeutic at the same time
* Reduction in the size of limbs affected by lymphoedema and lipoedema
* Stimulation of the immune system
* Reduction in symptoms of sinusitis
* Reduction in fluid retention
* Assists in regulating hormonal imbalances in women
* Reduction in swelling and bruising post-surgery
* Reduction in pain
MLD is given to a partially undressed client and careful draping is always applied.
Lisa will discuss various forms of both day and night time compression.
Lisa uses the LTU-904 Riancorp laser to help release scar tissue, fibrosis and in areas that are too sore to be touched.
The LTU-904 is an infrared laser operating at a wavelength of 904 nanometers (nm). The invisible wavelength penetrates deeply into tissue, where it is absorbed by cells and converted into energy that influences the course of metabolic processes.
Research has shown the following benefits:
Lisa also uses MLD to treat Lipoedema, a commonly misdiagnosed condition affecting up to 11% of the female population (exact figures are unknown).
Lipoedema mainly affects the legs but can affect the arms and abdomen as well. It was thought to be just a painful fat syndrome but the latest research suggests it is also a connective tissue disease and often has multiple co-morbidities.
The skin in the affected limbs is soft and bruises easily and the lower body can be a disproportionate size to the upper, with a small waist.
Changes to the limbs can be triggered by hormonal changes, ie, puberty, pregnancy or menopause or periods of extreme stress.
A healthy, anti-inflammatory diet seems to help with the pain and inflammation levels though not with weight loss on the affected limbs.
For more information go to Lipoedema Australia.
Lisa teaches self-care techniques to help manage the condition and advises on compression and other maintenance tools. She has made two videos talking about compression and self care available at a cost of $9.95. These videos cover most of the topics which are discussed at an Initial Consultation, contact Lisa if you would like to receive them as well as a link to the self-care video above.
To read more about what to expect in an Initial Consultation with Lisa please read her blog post here. She has written numerous blog posts about Lipoedema, including topics such as surgery, conservative care and getting a new diagnosis.
If you are not in Sydney and would like to discuss your Lipoedema, Lisa offers online appointments where she can discuss all aspects of Lipoedema treatment.