Treating Post-Concussion Syndrome with Manual Lymphatic Drainage

A New Frontier: Unveiling the Glymphatic System

Recent breakthroughs in neuroscience have shed light on the brain’s cleansing mechanism, akin to the body’s lymphatic system. Discovered just a few years ago by neuroscientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center, this intricate system, now known as the glymphatic system, plays a vital role in swiftly removing waste from the brain.

Functioning in tandem with the brain’s blood vessels, the glymphatic system is tasked with eliminating proteins and cellular debris, a crucial process for maintaining brain health. In cases of concussion injury or post-concussion syndrome, this system’s function becomes even more critical as the brain endeavours to heal from trauma.

Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, co-director of the University’s Center for Translational Neuromedicine, underscores the significance of waste clearance in brain health. The glymphatic system, he explains, operates on a larger scale than previously realized, offering insights into how the brain rids itself of waste.

Jeffrey Iliff, Ph.D., a research assistant professor in Dr. Nedergaard’s lab, delved into the removal of amyloid beta, a protein associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. His findings revealed that over half of the amyloid removed from a mouse brain is cleared through the glymphatic system under normal conditions.

Harnessing the Healing Power of Manual Lymphatic Drainage

MLD therapy taps into the glymphatic system to promote lymph flow and facilitate the body’s natural healing processes. Given that concussion symptoms can manifest within hours of injury and persist for months, initiating MLD therapy promptly can alleviate symptoms and expedite recovery.

MLD offers a range of benefits, including:

  • Calming the nervous system to induce relaxation and activate the parasympathetic system
  • Reducing nausea and inflammation
  • Alleviating dizziness to mitigate coordination and balance issues
  • Assisting in waste removal to enhance cognitive function, including memory and concentration

Key Considerations:

  • Early initiation of manual lymphatic drainage therapy is crucial for optimal outcomes.
  • A general recommendation is to undergo 2-3 MLD sessions weekly in the immediate aftermath of injury.
  • MLD can effectively alleviate post-concussion symptoms that persist for weeks or even months following the injury.

By harnessing the therapeutic potential of MLD, individuals with post-concussion syndrome can experience relief and expedited recovery, promoting overall brain health and well-being. Book your appointment now.