Chiropractic Torrance CA Manual Lymphatic Drainage


Lymphatic massage, also called manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a specialized type of medical massage. MLD is a light touch manual therapy technique using different gentle and slow hand movements. It can help eliminate fluid retention, cleanse the body of toxins, regenerate tissues, as well as release stress and emotional trauma. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, contact our Torrance CA chiropractic clinic today.

MLD Assists With Many Functions In Torrance CA

Lymphatic drainage massage has also been used for people with lymphedema, which involves swelling, usually in the upper or lower extremities. This type of swelling is common after surgery, cosmetic procedures, trauma, and pregnancy. It assists the lymphatic system function by promoting lymphangiomotoricity which generates the propulsive force of lymph flow along the lymph vessel.

Lymph fluid usually flows at a rate of 10-12 contractions per minute. Unlike the cardiac system, the lymphatic system does not have a pump, it relies on muscle movement, manual lymph drainage, or hydrostatic pressure. Following an hour-long lymphatic massage, the flow rate will be approximately 100 to 120 contractions per minute and will gradually slow in 48 hours.

What Is The Lymphatic System Made Of?

The lymphatic system is made up of vessels, glands, ducts, and lymph nodes. Lymph fluid is made up of a variety of substances: proteins, fats, salts, glucose, water, cellular debris, and white blood cells. The lymphatic system along with the lymph fluids can be thought of as the body’s sewer system. It absorbs excess interstitial fluid, hormones, and cellular waste, and breaks down proteins and other cellular debris that is too large for the cardiac system to break down. Lymph nodes contain lymphocytes and phagocytes that break down these proteins, pathogens, and other cellular waste. Once broken down, “clean” lymph fluid is then transported back through lymph ducts to the veins.

Conditions that have been proven to benefit from MLD include:

  • Lymphedema
  • Lipedema
  • Post-surgery swelling
  • Cellulite
  • Bloating, gas, constipation, IBS
  • Swelling during pregnancy
  • Bursitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Concussions
  • Migraine headaches
  • PTSD
  • Stroke
  • Lyme disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Scleroderma
  • Lupus
  • Gout
  • Cystic Fibrosis