Who should NOT have MLD?
As with other forms of massage, there are some conditions that mean that MLD can't be carried out. If any of the following relates to you, let your massage therapist know as you may not be able to get MLD:
Currently undergoing treatment for cancer or undiagnosed lump
Any type of thrombosis
Serious heart or circulatory condition
An active fever
Certain contagious diseases
Other than the above, most people can get MLD treatment. It is worth bearing in mind however, that if you are a generally healthy, active person your lymphatic system is probably already doing a good job and may not need MLD. You can always help your lymphatic system in other ways by following the ideas I write about here.
Who should have MLD Treatments?
If any of the following relate to you, professional MLD treatments could be of benefit:
Frequent colds and flu
Sinus problems - including hay fever
Skin conditions - including acne, rosacea and scarring from surgery
ME / chronic fatigue
Stress / anxiety
Long term low energy
Sedentary lifestyles / mobility issues
Puffiness or swelling in legs, ankles or around the eyes
This list isn't exclusive, there are other medical issues that could be helped by MLD. If you are unsure if MLD is right for you either talk to your GP about it, or discuss the options with me (or another massage therapist that offers MLD). In most cases I'm happy to do a 15 minute 'trial' of MLD at the start of any massage session to see how your mind and body respond to the treatment.