Vancouver Massage Therapy

Vancouver Massage Therapy and Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)

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About MLD

The lymphatic system is part of our immune system.  Its channels are located throughout the body and found close to the blood vessels.  It is a one way system that functions to remove substances from the tissues in order to provide a healthy environment.  It is like a garbage collector for our bodies.  It removes water, proteins, dead or mutant cells, bacteria, viruses from the tissues and transports fats and vitamins from our digestive tract to the blood.

Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to the body cells.  These nutrients exit the arteries through the capillaries (tiny networks of blood vessels) and enter the fluid (interstitial fluid) surrounding the cells. Once the tissue cells use up the nutrients and oxygen, waste is created.  These toxins need to be removed from the interstitial fluid and it is the job of the lymphatic system to do so.  Tiny microscopic lymphatic vessels pick up these toxins and transport them to larger vessels and eventually this fluid reaches the lymph nodes.  Here the fluid is concentrated, cleaned and filtered.  Bacteria, viruses and mutant cells are eaten or killed by special lymph cells.  The fluid will continue on its journey in specific pathways and eventually rejoin the blood system near the neck just above the clavicle (collar bone).  The fluid will enter a large vein on the left and right side of the neck and this clean fluid will be used to bathe the components of blood.  When the lymphatic system is slow or sluggish a build up of toxins will accumulate in the tissues.  This toxic environment can lead to an unhealthy environment and illness.

Manual Lymph Drainage is a safe and gentle massage technique that is used to treat over 60 different conditions.  It involves a light touch applied to the skin in order to stretch the tissue in specific directions causing the tiny lymphatic vessels to open.  Lymphatic fluid will enter the small channels and continue to flow into larger vessels and will reach the lymph nodes for filtration.  It alleviates pain by removing chemicals that irritate nerves and it reducing the pain signals sent to the brain.  MLD assists the body to heal more quickly from injuries, surgeries, chronic conditions and edema.  It helps minimize scars formation.