Ever Heard of Myofascial Lymphatic Drainage?

by Scott Oram

Remedial Massage Therapy is a super helpful and beneficial therapeutic technique, as well as a great way to just feel amazing.

But, Remedial Massage Therapists, like myself, can also add in a range of techniques that are suited to the clients needs and add a lot of value to their treatment.

Hey PhysioWest fam, I’m Scott. One increasingly popular technique in particular that I love and practice, that I want to introduce you to, is Myofascial Lymphatic Drainage (herein referred to as MyoMLD).


First, it’s important to understand how the lymphatic system works!

The lymphatic system is your body’s built-in detoxifier. The lymphatic system makes up a part of your immune system (that’s why your lymph nodes swell when you’re feeling under the weather). It works hard to get rid of ‘waste’, such as bacteria and excess fluid (called lymph). Sometimes the system needs a little extra help to effectively cleanse your body of unwanted toxins. The lymphatic system can become congested or blocked due to injury, surgery, or illness. There are a range of outcomes that occur when the lymphatic system isn’t functioning too well. It can lead to swelling, pain, and reduced mobility, or even more serious conditions. Because the lymphatic system is a part of your immune system, it is important that it functions well so that our bodies and immune responses are in tact. And also, so that you feel good in your own body.


To read a bit more into the lymphatic system, click the link HERE to see a basic fact sheet.


The goal of MyoMLD is to give the lymphatic system a ‘reboot’ or a ‘boost’, so it can function properly.

During a MyoMLD session, the therapist will use specific hand techniques such as firm pressure, stretching and long gently sweeping strokes to stimulate the lymphatic system. The therapist will have the relevant knowledge to be able to target the specific areas, and apply the correct technique. This can help to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and promote relaxation. It can be especially effective for those who have undergone surgery, have lymphoedema or lymph related conditions, or suffer from chronic pain.

One of the unique aspects of MyoMLD is that it also focuses on the fascial system – which is the connective tissue that surrounds and supports all of the body’s structures. By working with the fascia, the therapist can help release tension and restrictions that may be contributing to the buildup of lymphatic fluid.

Side note, you’ll feel amazing after we release that tension.


3 benefits of MyoMLD include:

1. Easing tension in the body – MyoMLD techniques are not only gentle, but are very relaxing. Expect maximum rejuvenation!

2. Helps with post-injury swelling – when you have an injury (gym related, busy mum related, even gardening related!) you might find the area doesn’t circulate fluids as well, which causes extra swelling. Sometimes swelling is a normal part of an acute injury. But excess puffiness can be a sign that your lymphatic system isn’t functioning quite as well as it should, so a lymphatic drainage massage could be beneficial to help drain some of the swelling away.

3. Debloats and depuffs – fluid retention can happen to us all. I’m sure we’ve all woken up one morning with some extra puffiness. Whether around your belly or your legs, ‘water weight’ can result in puffiness and bloating that your lymphatic system may need help to clear. A lymphatic drainage massage helps to gently ease all that fluid away, pushing it towards the lymph nodes where it can be drained.

There are many more benefits to MyoMLD. If you’re interested in MyoMLD, have any questions or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Book a consult with me, or ask our client services team any questions you may have and they would be more than happy to pass them onto me! I would love to see you in the clinic.


After a MyoMLD, you may feel a little different…

Individuals can experience some minor side effects after receiving MyoMLD, but keep in mind everybody is different! The after effects can include headaches, thirst, fatigue, increased bowel movements, frequent urination and even bloating – but don’t be scared. These are totally normal detox symptoms and means your body is just processing waste as it’s leaving your body. In fact, the after effects, though perhaps not pleasant, are signs that the massage has done what it needs to do. After our massage treatments we always provide a glass of water and a slow finish to your treatment, so we can make sure that you’re doing great after your massage.

It’s important to find a qualified remedial massage therapist who has experience in this technique. Not all remedial message therapists are educated to do MyoMLD. If they are, they will be able to assess your needs and create a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs, which may include MyoMLD. Your therapist may develop a plan that incorporates a number of techniques into your treatment, recommends another allied health practitioner for conjunct therapy, specific products, and much more.


It’s also important to note, while MyoMLD is generally safe, it may not be suitable for everyone. If you have any medical conditions or concerns, be sure to speak with your healthcare provider or GP before trying this technique.


If you’re interested in trying this technique or you feel MyoMLD can help you, please contact our client services team here at PhysioWest and request a consult with me to help guide you through the process.  I can’t wait to meet you and chat all things lymphatic drainage and remedial massage!



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