Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, non-invasive manual technique that has a powerful effect on the body. The skin is stretched and torqued in a manner that, based on scientific, physiological principles, has proven to encourage lymph flow. Because it is a very light massage, utilizing repetitive and continuous hand movements, it has a calming effect on the autonomic nervous system, inducing a state of deep relaxation in the body, which allows the walls of lymph vessels and bowels to relax.
I trained at the Dr. Vodder School International, which provides the highest quality education in the original Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy. This school has strict requirements for all their therapists to upgrade their education every three years to ensure the continued competency of their practitioners.
Manual Lymph Drainage can be utilized in the treatment of various conditions including:
- Primary and Secondary Lymphedema
- Venous insufficiency
- Non-infected inflammatory conditions (e.g. sprains and strains)
- Dermatological conditions (e.g. chronic acne, acne rosacea, eczema)
- Circulatory disturbances
- Sports injuries
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
- Pre- and post- plastic surgery
- Chronic Fatigue
- Rheumatoid and Osteo arthritis