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Boost Your Wellness with Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD): The Science-Backed Benefits for Everyone

Updated: May 6, 2023

Boost Wellness with Take Charge of Your Breast Cancer Recovery with Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)

Are you looking for a natural way to boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, and support your overall health and wellness? Look no further than manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), a gentle technique that can benefit anyone. In this blog post, we'll explore the science-backed benefits of MLD for everyone, from athletes to those with chronic medical conditions.

  1. Boost Immune System Function Research has shown that MLD can help to boost immune system function by increasing the number of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting infections and diseases. A study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that MLD increased the activity of natural killer cells, which play a crucial role in the immune system's defense against cancer and viruses.

  2. Reduce Inflammation MLD can also help to reduce inflammation, which is linked to a wide range of chronic health conditions. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing found that MLD significantly reduced inflammation markers in breast cancer survivors, suggesting that it may be a beneficial therapy for those with chronic inflammation.

  3. Improve Recovery from Exercise Athletes and fitness enthusiasts can also benefit from MLD, which can help to reduce muscle soreness and improve recovery from exercise. A study published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine found that MLD improved muscle recovery and reduced muscle soreness in elite male rowers.

  4. Manage Symptoms of Lymphedema MLD is a well-established therapy for managing symptoms of lymphedema, a chronic condition that causes swelling in the arms or legs. A meta-analysis of 16 studies published in the Journal of Lymphatic Research and Biology found that MLD was effective in reducing limb volume and improving quality of life in patients with lymphedema.

  5. Reduce Stress and Improve Wellbeing Finally, MLD can help to reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that MLD reduced anxiety and depression symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia.

Text or call me today to schedule your MLD session at 402-578-1023.


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  3. McNeely ML, Magee DJ, Lees AW, et al. The addition of manual lymph drainage to compression therapy for breast cancer related lymphedema: a randomized controlled trial. J Clin Nurs. 2014;23(9-10):1363-1373. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12287

  4. McNeely ML, Binkley JM, Pusic AL, et al. A prospective model of care for breast cancer rehabilitation: function. Cancer. 2012;118(8 Suppl):2312-232

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