Lymphatic Health

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Pascale King brings a unique approach to Lymphatic Health.  Pascale offers Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), Complete Lymphoedema Therapy (CLT) and Yin Yoga to help care for the Lymphatic System. 

Manual Lymph Drainage / MLD (Dr Vodder)

This specialised therapy is a gentle, rhythmic, and structured form of massage technique based on pumping, circular and spiral movements which encourage the lymph fluid to flow more freely around the body.

By improving the functioning of the lymphatic system – a natural cleaning process in the body – MLD helps to eliminate waste products and excessive fluid, strengthen the immune system, and promote circulation. It gives a deep feeling of relaxation, and is therefore an extremely effective treatment for severe stress. It also helps to relieve pain, and is successfully employed to accelerate the healing process before and after operations.

MLD is known to:

  • Reduce oedema such as in swellings after injuries or operations, e.g. cosmetic / plastic surgery
  • Be calming, helping, for example, the quality of sleep, the treatment of stress or burn-out, and digestion
  • Alleviate fluid congestion as in, for example, swollen legs during pregnancy and tired, puffy eyes
  • Improve chronic inflammatory conditions such as sinusitis, arthritis, acne and rosacea
  • Promote the healing of scars, wounds and burns
  • Aid a detox program

Manual Lymph Drainage requires a personally tailored treatment schedule and plan. This will be discussed during the initial consultation.

Complete Lymphoedema Therapy (CLT)

Lymphoedema is a result of a failure of the lymphatic system. This causes swelling in the body tissue, which can affect the limbs, though it may also involve the trunk, breast, head and neck.

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and nodes throughout the body that transports fluid (lymph) from the body tissues back to the bloodstream. The functions of the lymphatic system are to remove excess fluid and to assist the immune system in removing waste products from the tissues.

Primary lymphoedema may be present at birth, develop at the onset of puberty, or not become apparent for many years into adulthood.

Secondary lymphoedema is the most common type, typically developing following damage to the lymphatic system. The damage may occur as a result of cancer treatment, including the removal of lymph nodes, following radiotherapy to lymph node groups, or with the progression of malignant disease. The onset may be at any time, e.g. within months of the damage or years later.

Complete Lymphoedema Therapy (CLT) is designed to keep the swelling (lymphoedema) under control and to reduce the oedema so that there is no risk of complications, such as inflammation, ulcers or immobility.

CLT consists of education, skin care, exercise, Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), and compression therapy. Treatment is individualised for each client. For example, not all the above treatment elements may be necessary in all cases.

Elastic Taping for lymphoedema might also be used as an element in CLT.

When the client has sufficiently improved, the next step is self-management. Unfortunately, there is no cure yet for lymphoedema, so it is important that the client keeps up with the self-management programme and checks in with their CLT therapist once or twice a year.

CLT has a holistic multidisciplinary approach and is provided by qualified lymphoedema therapists.

Yin Yoga for Lymphatic Health

This practice is specially designed for people at risk of or currently experiencing lymphoedema and for anyone who wants to maintain good health and wellbeing.

I believe Yin Yoga complements MLD in helping to open tight areas, release cording/auxiliary web syndrome, and soften scar tissue in the affected areas. Yin is a very slow style of yoga, mainly mat/floor-based where poses are held to help you to listen to your body and feel what is going on.

We will work very gently and stimulate any tissue harmed during your surgery. Besides the yin poses, we may explore some Qi Gong movement, breathing and deep relaxation techniques.

This private session will give us space to focus on your body and your wellbeing with intention and attention. There is an option to add an MLD treatment to your yin yoga session as a mini-retreat.

Please contact me for more information