As athletes, we’re driven by results, continually focused on performance. That unyielding drive to surpass and exceed is immensely rewarding, but it is also incredibly taxing on our bodies. Injuries and soreness are par for the course, and can seriously impact performance. To maintain peak efficiency, we need to find ways to minimize recovery time. One of the best ways to do that is with Manual Lymphatic Drainage. If you’re familiar with this technique, skip below and click on “book appointment” to see one of our thrapists ASAP. Otherwise, keep reading:
What is the lymph system?
Lymph is a transparent, colorless liquid, composed of white blood cells, infection-fighting ‘lymphocyte’ cells, and cleaning ‘phagocyte’ cells. The fluid originates from blood cells within the body’s tissue, and has the singular purpose of removing biochemical waste and toxins. When we speak of the lymphatic system, we’re talking about the network of thin vessels which transport lymph throughout the body, flushing waste out to the lymph nodes where it can be destroyed. From the nodes, the ‘cleaned’ lymph then heads back to the heart where it is again pushed across the body in its never-ending task of cleaning.
What is lymphatic drainage?
Developed by French scientists in 1932, Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) has become the most well-known and commonly-practiced technique to aid the natural drainage of lymph from tissues. For athletes, injuries, strenuous workouts and competitions generate toxins and cellular debris within muscle tissue that inhibit the natural flow of lymph, preventing efficient healing. MLD is a form of massage therapy which involves the application of steady, undulating pressure in circular or spiral strokes. The gentle movement creates a pumping effect which increases the pressure of the lymph system, removing blockages and maximizing the body’s rate of recovery.
What are the benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
Some of the major benefits for athletes are:
- up to a 10x increase in lymph flow, driving much speedier recovery
- an analgesic effect on pain, permitting greater range of movement
- a strong reduction in swelling and inflammation, promoting faster healing
- accelerated softening and healing of fibrous scar tissue
What are you waiting for? Our team are experts in Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Click below to book an appointment right now and enjoy the benefits of this incredible technique.