Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a form of soft tissue manipulation intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph from the tissues through the lymph vessels and finally into the bloodstream to be dealt with by the immune system. One technique of MLD is gentle massage, through light and rhythmic circular movements and pumping, stimulates lymph flow and can dramatically reduce the swelling from recent injury. Another technique is the light stretching of the fascia followed by a quick release of the fascia creating the same effects mentioned above.
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) can be an excellent tool for reducing tissue swelling as well as a pain management strategy for acute and subacute injuries. Reducing swelling decreases pressure on adjacent soft tissue, nerves, and bone, and thereby creates a corresponding decrease in pain and discomfort.