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Manual Lymphatic Drainage, The Haven Healing Centre - Cheddar

Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage


Use MLD for edema and injury recovery, to reduce swelling, promote healing and support improved immune function

People from all walks of life can have problems with Lymphedema (also spelled lymphoedema) at certain times. It is especially beneficial for people who regularly suffer from colds, flu, headaches and migraines, general aches and pains, fatigue and stress, and anytime when the natural healing abilities of our bodies aren't working at their top efficiency.

It is also beneficial for people who live a sedentary lifestyle, either at home or at the office. For those who have problems with swollen joints or swelling of individual limbs; an arm or a leg. There may be a medical reason why someone has uncontrolled swelling, or it may be the result of injury or overuse.

From the stresses of the boardroom to the stresses of the working environment.
From stress in the Boardroom To the stresses of the working environment
Ask any serious athlete what helps them the most and they will tell you about these three things; Mental attitude, my coach and my massage therapist.

When used in sport, Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage is used to stimulate the body's lymph circulation. This is constructive in improving the metabolism, helping the body to eliminate waste and the toxins that build up during training, and healthily supports the immune system.

Which Sports Will Benefit From Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Cycling and Triathlon
  • Dance (all kinds)
  • Diving
  • Driving (racing)
  • Figure Skating
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hiking and Backpacking
  • Ice Hockey
  • Jogging
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts (all kinds)
  • Race Walking
  • Rugby
  • Sailing and Windsurfing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Skiing
  • Weight Lifting
  • Wrestling
  • And lots more!

  • From the demands of competitive athletics, to keeping fit and living healthily .
    Lymph drainage to benefit the competition athlete Lymph drainage to aid sports performance and exercise
    Why will this benefit me more than say, another type of therapy?
    • Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a UNIQUE therapy that offers UNIQUE benefits to the recipient, in areas where other therapies struggle to get a result.
    • Re-activating a body with sluggish lymphatic circulation, helps in the natural detoxification of cells and organs.
    • MLD is painless, deeply relaxing, comforting and healing.
    • MLD can improve almost any condition where inflammation plays an initiating or major role.
    • It does this by stimulating the lymphatic system so it works more efficiently. This clears sluggish, blocked or stagnant areas, eliminating their toxic effects, allowing new fluid to circulate freely, bringing abundant water, nutrients and oxygen to cells, thus increasing vitality and health.
    • MLD can accelerate the shedding of environmental pollutants and stress chemicals from the body.
    • MLD can provide a long lasting energy boost to the body; providing a positive physical effect that is chemical free and sugar free.
    • I'm not one to promote Anti-aging and Shangri la, but a great many people who have MLD come back afterwards and say, 'It made me feel years younger!'. Who am I to argue?
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    Phil was sports massage therapist to Chew Valley Rugby Club, near Bristol for many years and also has a private practice in Cheddar, where members of the general public come for treatments, whether sports related, cancer related, or some other degenerative condition, in which edema plays a part.

    Any sports person, athlete (amateur, professional or elite), sporting team or sport event that needs a sports massage therapist to attend, need only ask. Or, if you would like to make an appointment or explore how Manual Lymph Drainage can help you, I can be contacted here.

    What examples do you have of efficacy?

    1. Face Lift Surgery:- Bruising and swelling which usually peak at day 3 or 4 following surgery, will gradually subside after about two weeks. Most of the obvious swelling is gone within three to four weeks. Occasionally, following a face lift, facial swelling can take a long time to return to normal and a degree of residual swelling may still be present up to 3 months after surgery.

    After several weeks of recovery, MANUAL lymphatic drainage of the face and neck can be a great adjunct to the recommendations of your surgeon or consultant. Most surgeons will dictate MANUAL lymph drainage, not mechanical lymph drainage, in this instance.

    2. Breast Surgery (augmentation or mastectomy) due to Cancer Treatment:- Depending on the type of breast surgery performed, you may be tired and sore for weeks to months after surgery. Some women find it can take as long as a year or two before they feel completely healed and back to normal, if ever.

    One of the complications of mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation is lymphedema of the arm. This may not manifest for months or years, but when it does, MLD treatments can help get swelling and other symptoms back under control.

    3. Swollen legs and ankles:- Legs and ankles can become swollen, painful and discoloured through stagnant lymph drainage. This can be a problem for anyone who stands for long periods, or walks a long way as part of their job or lifestyle.

    Following some treatments on a lady who had suffered with painful swollen legs since retiring about 2 years previously, and who had gone from moving regularly around an office building to sitting in her garden watching the flowers grow, she had noticed a gradual, but persistent swelling of her legs, which caused much distress. On her 4th treatment, she greeted me with the comment; 'I can see my shin bone for the first time in 2 years.'

    Asking about her general health, it suddenly dawned on her that all of her aches and pains had vanished over the previous few weeks. And this is a useful side effect, the fact that removing stagnant lymph allows new, clean, nutritious, oxygenated fluid to enter the cells and spaces between the cells, can have a marked effect on health.

    4. My own example:- In 2002, I had a serious accident in the garden of our house. My foot twisted laterally at about 120 degrees, snapping my fibula about a third of the way up, and fracturing the lateral malleolus (fibula) and medial malleolus (tibia) that clamps either side of the talus bone in the foot.

    In addition, all of the bones of the foot were forced apart, rupturing the ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, lymph channels and nerves serving the foot. Several operations were involved in repair of the damage and screws and plates were used at varying times to help to reconstruct the foot.

    Needless to say, I was going to be in difficulty with this for a very long time and apart from the pain, swelling was something I found it impossible to control, sometimes my ankle was as big as my thigh. So, realizing that massage wouldn't be the answer, I got every book I could find on Lymphatic Drainage and the Vodder Technique, and taught myself manual lymph drainage, with me as the guinea pig.

    Want to see the result? Here they are:-
    Prior to Lymph Drainage Treatment Following Lymph Drainage Treatment
    Prior to Lymph Drainage Treatment Following Lymph Drainage Treatment
    Prior to Lymph Drainage Treatment Following Lymph Drainage Treatment
    Once people started to see the results I was getting, they became curious enough to ask If I could help them. That was 20 years ago, and I've been working in this field ever since obtaining my Diploma in Manual Lymph Drainage Technique. I'm convinced that manual lymph drainage is the reason I am painfree and walking as well as I am now, and I'm also convinced that if I'd left the swelling to stagnate and fester, I'd be looking at trying to deal with tough fibrotic tissue by now, instead of clean healthy tissue.

    Areas covered:-
    For your benefit, Bristol, Bristol South, Bath, North Somerset, Somerset, Avon, Chew Valley and the Mendips are all inside 30 minutes car time of Cheddar. Shorter travelling times ensure your treatment is long lasting and beneficial.

    Which Conditions Will Benefit From Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
    • Adiposity (Obesity)
    • Ankle joint arthrosis
    • Anxiety
    • Arm edema
    • Arthritic conditions
    • Bell's Palsy
    • Bronchitis
    • Burn scars
    • Bursitis
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Catarrh
    • Cellulite
    • Central nervous system (CNS - diseases of)
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome
    • Chronic inflammation
    • Constipation
    • Cosmetic surgery scars
    • Cranial edema
    • Crohn's disease
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Depression
    • Diseases of the digestive tract
    • Diverticulosis
    • Down's syndrome
    • Dynamic and mixed edema
    • Ear-nose-throat region (ENT)
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Fibrosis
    • Fluid retention
    • Fractures and damaged bones
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Genital edema
    • Gout
    • Habitual constipation
    • Haematoma
    • Headaches (inc. chronic)
    • Inflammatory rheumatism
    • Insomnia
    • Intestinal track (diseases of)
    • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
    • Lipidema
    • Lymphatic enteropathy
    • Lymphoedema
    • Lymphostatic edema after surgery
    • Mastitis
    • ME
    • Meniere's disease
    • Menopausal problems
    • Menstrual problems
    • Migraine
    • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
    • Muscle rupture
    • Oedema (acute and chronic)
    • Pain (general/chronic)
    • Parkinson's disease
    • Phantom pain
    • Pregnancy
    • Primary leg edema
    • Puffy/swollen eyes
    • Repetive strain syndrome (RSI)
    • Shoulder dislocation
    • Sinusitis
    • Skin problems and diseases
    • Sports injuries
    • Stress
    • Surgery scars
    • Tinnitus and acute hearing loss
    • Trigeminal neuralgia
    • Ulcerative colitis
    • Venous edema
    • Venous leg ulcer
    • Whiplash syndrome
    • Wrinkles
    • And lots more!

    Don't wait. Make your appointment today. You'll be glad you did!

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    DISCLAIMER: This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.

    The Haven Healing Centre is located at: The Orchard, Draycott Rd, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3RU