Manual Lymphatic Drainage
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) uses light touch “systematic skin stretching technique” to move excess lymph and fluid out of the tissues and back into the lymphatic vessels. 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 the most efficient way to reduce swelling, water retention and bruising. It is based on scientific knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the Lymphatic System.
The Vodder-Style of MLD
The Vodder Technique the most respected method of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) over the world. This specialized technique is the most effective way to reduce swelling and bruising. It is used in hospitals and clinics all over the world to treat patients with swelling, bruising and water retention.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage or MLD massage was developed in the 1930’s by Emil and Estrid Vodder and is widely prescribed by physicians in Europe and in the United States and Canada.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) was originally developed in Germany. It was intended to treat lymphedema, swelling caused by accumulated fluid that happens after the surgical removal of lymph nodes, which happens most frequently during mastectomy surgeries. Primary lymphedema can also occur although its cause is unknown; when it does, it typically happens throughout life and can affect many parts of the body. Various other conditions cause lymphedema as a secondary symptom, so a range of patients are looking for solutions to this kind of swelling and the pain it causes.
Performed properly by certified and trained therapist, “THIS THERAPY” is “NEVER” painful. MLD is the only treatment that positively activates the lymphatic system to remove the accumulation of waste products and old blood cells in the tissue, thereby reducing swelling, bruising and tissue hardness. It is also very gentle and non-painful, so the practitioner can work directly over or very close to the areas where the procedure has taken place to maximize the effect.