Complementary therapy clinic in Oxford


Manual Lymphatic Drainage is an extremely gentle treatment, which involves delicate movements of the skin to stimulate the action of the lymphatic system – increasing drainage, cleansing, and the delivery of nutrients to the cells. Its clarifying and nourishing properties make it a wonderful support for health and wellbeing.

Treatments involve slow, rhythmic movements, which have been shown to be profoundly calming to the nervous system, and it is deeply relaxing and soothing to receive.

It is also believed to enhance immunity, and may lead to an increase in lymphocyte levels – the white blood cells which target illness. It has also been found to have significant pain-relieving effects, through its clearing and calming actions.

The lymphatic system is our primary immune response, and is key in regulating and cleansing the fluid of the body. The word ‘lymph’ actually stems from the Latin ‘limpidus’ – for ‘clear water’.

The light, delicate movements of MLD have been shown to increase the speed of the system – accelerating the removal of excess fluid from the tissues, so that any stagnation, waste products or toxins are moved through more rapidly, clearing, and enabling fresh nutrients – vitamins, minerals, protein and glucose – to reach the cells earlier.

The process is thought to have the potential to prolong the life of the cells.

Our connective tissue has thixotropic properties, meaning that it transforms between a gel – more solid state, and a sol – more liquid state, according to temperature and pressure conditions. M.L.D. precipitates the sol, liquid state – further enhancing the free movement of fluid and substances in cleansing and nourishment.

The treatment is consequently believed to accelerate healing, following injury, infection, or surgery, and has been found to be effective in relieving skin blemishes, including acne, scar tissue and burns.

In recent years, M.L.D. has become popular as a cosmetic treatment in its own right, particularly for the face and neck, thanks to its potential to nourish and enhance the skin.

The techniques of manual lymphatic drainage have been developed to be highly efficient in removing excess fluid and inflammation, making it invaluable in the treatment of oedema, and an excellent support for chronic conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, sinusitis and asthma.

Its anti-inflammatory effects are also very effective in clearing the ‘head fog’ which can accompany fatigue, as well as migraines and headaches.

M.L.D. has significant analgesic effects, as chemical pain triggers are flushed from the tissues, and the light, repetitive movements are also thought to have an inhibitory effect on the nociceptors, the pain sensor nerves, following the ‘gate control’ theory. It is a recognised support for chronic pain conditions, including fibromyalgia.

This is a lovely gentle therapy, which is an excellent overall support for health and wellbeing, and an effective intervention for wide range of conditions.

If you’d like to find out more about manual lymphatic drainage, please be in touch with the clinic – and Claire Cecil is very happy to respond to any questions.