Yes. It can. Bruises are an accumulation of cellular debris and old red blood cells in the tissue. Lymph Drainage Therapy reduces healing time for bruises by cleansing the extracellular spaces where these substances are trapped.
Is MLD painful?
No. Performed properly it is not painful. The Vodder Technique is the most respected method of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) over the world. It is NOT massage. It is a specialized, advanced bodywork modality that uses a gentle, rotating, pumping motion that moves the lymph fluid without increasing the blood circulation.
How many treatments will I need
This is really individualized and part of what we do during an initial consultation is to determine a treatment plan. Some clients get 1-6 treatments post-operatively and that is enough. People getting liposuction to the abdomen often find they require up to 10-12 sessions. Occasionally a client will need more than 12. Also, patients who get multiple procedures at the same time (lipo and a tummy tuck, or lipo and a buttock enhancement; Brazilian Butt Lift) may need more sessions than someone who only gets one procedure. To assist in this area, I have packages of 3, 5 or 10 treatments, to make the cost more affordable.
Can i use MLD to help me detox?
A full body detox, or cleanse, is a practice that some people follow in an effort to eliminate toxins from the body.. Some people believe they can eliminate toxins from the body by following a particular diet, fasting, taking supplements, or using a sauna, and sometimes MLD.
While some people believe that full body detoxes provide health benefits, they are not necessary for most people. The body already has its own highly efficient detoxification system to eliminate toxins from the body.
Typically, people who are healthy typically do not require additional help with detoxification. That said there are some standard non MLD tips that you can incorporate into your daily routine that can help.
Here are some ideas for how to support the body’s detoxification system.
Stop smoking or drinking
Eat a nutrient dense diet - avoid carbohydrates, added sugars - look for foods high in antioxidants, such as berries and nuts and dark leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, and chard
Improve air quality - Eliminate mold, dust regularly, consider an air purifier
Get enough sleep
Can MLD help with Bloating ? Weight Gain?
Probably not. While there are countless spas offering MLD or MLD sounding treatments for bloating and weight gain, that's not really how the body works. The lymphatic system is designed to move and remove excess fluids from tissues, but really is specific to areas that have an atypical buildup due to a mechanical deficiency or a mechanical deficiency.
Having said that it is not harmful in any way and if it makes you feel like you are a bit lighter or less bloated after a treatment, it indeed may, and I will happily work on you - but know that it is not a result that we promote.
Do I need a referral for MLD?
No. Although many doctors recommend MLD, it is also perfectly fine to self-refer.
Do you take insurance?
Healing Hands Bodywork is considered an out-of-network provider (All of massage is) with all insurances, meaning I do not contract directly with insurance and I do not submit the claims. I do provide my clients with a superbill that they submit to insurance for direct reimbursement. It is important to reach out to your insurance and ask what your out-of-network benefits are. I have some clients that get 100% and some that get nothing, it really depends on the planCheck your out-of-network benefits. I can also accept payment via HSA and FSA cards in many instances.
I will help facilitate this process by providing you with a claim form or a 'super-bill' that you can then submit to your insurance company. I recommend that you contact your insurance company in advance to find out what your out-of-network benefits are. For a helpful worksheet on this, click here.
Do you offer discounts or packages?
Yes. Because MLD is usually most effective over a series of repeat treatments, I offer packages of 3, 5 or 10 treatments at a discount. You may find them under discounts withing the "more" tab at the top of the page or on the bodywork offerings page.
I hope this information is useful. If you have any questions or would like to book a treatment or consultation please contact me. I am always happy to help.