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The Lymphatic Health Clinic

The Lymphatic Health Clinic is a nurse-led clinic

Charmaine Kennedy is an accredited lymphoedema practitioner and experienced scar therapist clinician, committed to providing holistic, person-centered care to address your specific lymphatic health needs. 

Contact Charmine from The Lymphatic health Clinic today

The Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is a vital element within the body that governs our immune system, general health, and well-being. The lymphatic system’s role is to drain fluid, filter lymph, and blood. The lymphatic system consists of a network of vessels and lymph nodes that transport lymph, a clear fluid containing white blood cells, to the body. There are approx. 600- 700 lymph nodes throughout the body. Most lymph nodes are in clusters in the neck, armpit, abdomen, and groin area where they filter the lymph.

The lymph fluid is always moving and if it stops, the lymph fluid builds up causing swelling. This is called lymphoedema, which is often seen in the arms or legs, but can occur in the head and neck, and genitals, commonly after node removal during cancer surgery.

What is a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) massage unlocks the power to heal your body naturally through your lymphatic system. MLD is a specialised form of massage performed by a qualified lymphoedema therapist to stimulate lymphatic flow and drainage.

The ALERT program developed facilitative MLD, which aims to encourage the movement of fluid by using techniques specific to the size of the vessel, and using techniques that direct lymph fluid toward evidenced based drainage regions.

Is MLD Safe?

MLD massage is generally safe for most individuals.

MLD is not recommended if you have:

  •  Arterial insufficiency

  • Uncontrolled hypertension

  • Active infection

  • Untreated or suspected DVT

  • Uncontrolled CHF

 It is advisable to consult with your healthcare provider if you have any underlying medical condition, or are pregnant.