Patsy’s specialty is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), with Swedish, deep tissue and myofascial release incorporated into the body work if indicated. Her philosophy is simple, focused on overall body wellness, education and maintenance.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a specialized technique that increases the natural flow of lymphatic fluid, the body’s way of removing toxins and wastes. Usually, the lymphatic system works beautifully on its own to keep us healthy, just by our movements and exercise. Problems occur when there is damage to the lymph system and/or lymph nodes, and the protein-rich fluid builds up causing swelling and pain.
Edema, or swelling, can be caused by things as common as twisted ankles and knee surgeries. But when the lymphatic system has been compromised, lymph fluid doesn’t move as intended, and builds up in the affected part of the body. This is called lymphedema. There are two types, primary and secondary. Primary lymphedema is caused by developmental defects in the lymphatic system before birth. Secondary lymphedema is caused by outside factors that can damage the lymphatic system, such as surgery, radiation, tumors, and trauma.
One of the most common causes of secondary lymphedema is breast cancer surgery. When lymph nodes are removed and/or damaged, there is a higher risk of chronic swelling and pain. This condition can go unnoticed for years, and then the affected limb may start to feel heavier, you may notice your blouse being tight on that arm, your wedding ring hard to get off, or your range of motion limited. All signs your lymphatic system may be impaired.
I work to redirect the excess fluid away from the compromised pathways thus creating new pathways to help your body maintain a proper balance.
Clients often find the protocol relaxing. In general, the bodywork is done with the client lying down, face up, beginning with deep breathing. Gentle, light strokes are used to help facilitate movement of the lymph fluid.
For an injury such as a twisted ankle or recovery from a knee replacement, the goal is to remove unwanted fluid from the area. This can help the injury heal faster, reduce pain and increase range of motion.
There are few contraindications, but many indications for MLD including lymph flow immune function, pre- and post surgery, acute injury, and some autoimmune conditions, to name a few.
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