Manual Lymphatic Drainage, (also known as MLD),  is one of the specialty massage services we offer at Tuscan Sun. Developed in the 1930s by two physicians, MLD is also a safe, effective, and gentle approach to cleansing the body's tissues. MLD is a gentle manual form of massage that manually moves lymph fluid out of the affected area, stimulates lymphatic vessels, and breaks down hardened or fibrotic tissue, creating a healthy tissue environment. It consists of precise rhythmical hand movements and is helpful in draining excess fluid from the tissues as well as having a detoxifying effect.

Because MLD eliminates wastes from body tissue, it is used as part of our treatment protocol for Lymphedema. In addition to Lymphedema, it is also an effective treatment for conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Tonsillitis, burns, allergies, the common cold, and more. Scientific studies and years of clinical experience show that MLD is generally effective in treating more than sixty medical conditions. Many plastic surgeons may also recommend MLD for patients recovering from surgery to help speed tissue recovery.

Other Benefits Of MLD:

  • Removes metabolic waste, excess water, toxins, bacteria and foreign substances from the tissues
  • Alleviates pain by reducing pain signals to the brain
  • Relaxes the sympathetic nervous system, thus helping to relieve stress
  • Supports and enhances the action of the immune system helps the body to heal more quickly
  • Minimizes scar formation
  • Dermatological: Acne, Burns, Eczema, Leg Ulcers, Scars, Wounds Ear, Nose,
  • Throat: Allergies, Emphysema, Sinusitis, Tinnitus
  • Musculoskeletal: Chronic pain, Fractures and dislocations, Muscle or ligament tears, Neck pain/whiplash, Rheumatoid arthritis, Sprains and strains, Tendinitis
  • Neurological: Migrains, Stress reduction, Tension headaches
  • Other Conditions: Chronic fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Myofascial pain syndrome, Fibrocystic breast condition, Scleroderma, various reactions to toxins
  • Surgical: Carpal tunnel syndrome, Multiple sclerosis, Neuralgia, Parkinson’s disease, To reduce edema (swelling) before certain surgical procedures, To reduce edema that occurs after various surgeries.