Tackling allergies with Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Spring has returned. Unfortunately, for many people, so have their allergies. This is the season for hay fever, allergic asthma and eczema to have their wicked way, which means sufferers endure a catalogue of unpleasant symptoms. Sneezing, coughing and wheezing, along with itchy eyes, fuzzy heads, runny noses and rashes force many people to rely on antihistamines.

 

What is the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is the body’s natural detoxification and drainage network, which boosts our immune defences – the cornerstone of health and wellbeing. It helps deliver hormones and nutrients through the body and works closely with our blood circulation, via a framework of vessels linked by lymph nodes and organs such as the spleen.

How can MLD help?

Developed in the 1920s, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is   a scientifically proven form of massage therapy that clears congestion caused by a build-up of lymph fluid in the body’s tissues. The gentle technique clears allergens and histamines, and is a great treatment for skin and digestive conditions, glandular fever and many others, soothing and calming the nervous system. Some surgeons even recommend it for  treating patients before and following operations.

Benefits of treatment

By promoting good lymph flow, MLD equips the body’s defence system to react properly, meaning a strengthened immune system and the ability to deal with allergens better. Not only that, it’s also a deeply relaxing experience, which leaves you feeling refreshed, clear-headed and well rested. Go on, give it a whirl!

By Florentina Lam-Clark and Georgina Chester

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