Impairment of the lymphatic system can occur due to an inherited genetic condition or more frequently following surgery and trauma associated with cancer treatment. The main symptoms include swelling and a range of other physical symptoms (e.g., heaviness, tightness, tingling, pain). All lymphedema treatment, including Manual Lymphatic Drainage, aims to alleviate symptoms, prevent progression, and reduce risk for skin infection.
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE (mld)
MLD is frequently one element of a more complex treatment regime including compression garments. MLD treatment leading to improved symptoms, has been shown to reduce the impact of lymphedema on daily activities, self-image, and quality of life. (1)
(1) Carter B:Women_s experiences of lymphedema. Oncol Nurs Forum 1997;24:875Y82
who is qualified to provide MLD at the clinic
Petra Miliankos, Myotherapist, is qualified to provide the hands-on portion of MLD. If you would like to speak to Petra to discuss whether MLD might benefit you, please call the clinic on 03 9489 0981 or book online.
Generally an MLD appointment is made for 60mins and involves the treatment of the affected area. If full body MLD is required an appointment would need to be made for a minimum of 90mins.