Although often referred to as a type of massage, MLD is very different from traditional forms of massage that rely on deep and rigorous rubbing. MLD is much gentler and should feel as if the skin is being brushed, not rubbed or kneaded. One session of MLD typically takes about minutes.
Often, MLD is recommended as a component of the treatment plan known as complete decongestive therapy CDT , although it may be used in combination with other treatments.
It often takes many hours of training in MLD, combined with years of hands-on experience, for a lymphedema therapist to become truly skilled. If your lymphedema therapist recommends MLD, ask about his or her training and experience.
Training programs can vary widely in their requirements — all the way from just a couple of hours of class time with no recertification needed, to more than hours of instruction and hands-on training with recertification required every 2 years.
MLD is considered safe if you have metastatic breast cancer cancer that has spread beyond the breast. Search Breastcancer.
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