Lymphatic Drainage Massage


At Bank Medispa in Hale, Cheshire, we offer a range of non-invasive, therapeutic treatments to assist with a range of health concerns, without invasive surgery. One of these treatments that we now offer is a practice called lymphatic drainage massage. This extremely light and calming massage technique can assist with the reduction of water retention, swelling and inflammation, whilst promoting healing, detoxifying the body and boosting the immune system.


Lymphatic drainage massage?

Lymphatic drainage massage (or manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)) is a gentle and non-invasive way of helping the body to clear the lymphatic system, which can become compromised due to a variety of reasons, such as illness, recovery from surgery and certain lifestyle choices. Lymphedema happens when your tissues retains fluid, after your cardiovascular system sends blood to your tissues and organs. This fluid is called lymph and when something disrupts your lymphatic system and stops it from draining this fluid, it can collect in your arms and legs, causing them to swell and feel uncomfortable.

MLD is a very gentle, sweeping massage technique which helps to remove the lymph from your tissues to your lymph nodes. This then allows for the fluid to be drained naturally and reduces the swelling within your tissues.


What are the benefits of lymphatic drainage massage?

The practice of lymphatic drainage leads to many health benefits, they can include:

  • Relieves joint pain, swelling and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis
  • Relieves the pain caused by fibromyalgia
  • Relieves the symptoms caused by chronic venous insufficiency
  • Relieves the symptoms caused by lipoedema
  • Relives water retention
  • Relieves inflammation
  • Promotes tissue healing after surgery
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Boosts the immune system

Frequently asked questions

What happens during a lymphatic drainage massage at Bank Medispa?

An MLD treatment happens in 2 steps:

1. Clearing – this technique releases the lymphatic fluid from your tissues
2. Reabsorption – this technique helps to move the lymphatic fluid to your lymph nodes

Some patients benefit from a mechanical process of MLD. This consists of a sleeve on the affected limb. This sleeve is attached to a pneumatic pump which pulsates, helping the lymph to drain from your tissues and to your lymph nodes.

Are there any contraindications to having a lymphatic drainage massage?

Generally speaking, MLD is a safe and gentle treatment. However, before we agree to offer this treatment, here at Bank Medispa, we will ask that you attend a no obligation consultation and medical assessment. As with any non-invasive treatment, there can be contraindications which may prevent or restrict an MLD treatment from going ahead. These include the following:

  • Kidney failure
  • Blood clots
  • Heart conditions
  • Infection anywhere within the body

Are there any side-effects?

Very few patients experience negative effects, following MLD. However, some people can experience headaches, nausea and fatigue. If this does occur, speak with your Bank Medispa MLD practitioner about how to manage these side-effects.


More information?

Based in the heart of the Cheshire village of Hale, Doctor Ahmed opened his purpose-built, luxurious clinic to treat clients from all over the north-west of England and further afield. If you’d like to know more about massage at Bank MediSpa, please book a complimentary consultation with us today.

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