The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help the body get rid of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.
While the heart continuously pumps blood through the blood vessels, the lymphatic system relies on the movement of muscles to move fluid through the lymph vessels.
Health conditions or lifestyle can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing lymph fluid to build up in a particular area of the body, often in the arms or legs, where it can cause swelling.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and/or Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)
The goal of manual lymphatic drainage and complete decongestive therapy is to improve or restore lymph drainage that has become impaired due to i.e. medical treatment, infections or coexisting medical conditions.
Manual lymphatic drainage can benefit people who are experiencing the following:
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) includes:
Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC)
This therapeutic technique is used in medical device that includes air pump and inflatable sleeves. The goal is to improve venous circulation in the limbs of patients who suffers swelling/edema or as a prevention of deep venous thrombosis (DVT).
This technique is also highly recommended to speed up the body's recovery by decreasing the lactic acid, which builds up after intense workout.
Intermittent Pneumatic Compression can be beneficial for conditions like: