Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
What is MLD - specifically the Dr Vodder Technique?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a specialised form of massage. It has been proven to promote the functioning and drainage of the lymphatic system, the body's own detoxification process.
It is a very gentle, non-invasive and relaxing form of therapy, in which specific movements of the skin are used to stimulate the lymphatic vessels. This encourages the lymphatic system to naturally detoxify itself, promoting the removal of waste products, excess fluid and dead cells from the tissues and passing them on for redistribution or elimination.
Benefits of and conditions treated with MLD:
MLD is most commonly used as an effective therapy for treating and managing lymphoedema (fluid retention) as well as assisting in conditions associated with poor circulation.
The benefits however expand much further than this and it can be used within several different areas including:
● Pre and post-operative surgery for aiding recovery and healing (eg. following a cosmetic, general or orthopaedic procedure).
● Trauma, for example fractures, falls and injuries involving torn ligaments and muscle strain.
● Treatment of long term and chronic conditions including: Fibromyalgia, chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, acne and other skin conditions.
● Reduction of swelling and fluid retention (eg. swollen ankles, swollen legs and breasts during pregnancy).
● Promotes the healing of bruises, scars, wounds, burns and general skin integrity (ie. it can also reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite).
● Aids in muscle renewal, stimulation, recovery and repair post training or in preparation for a sporting event.
● Can improve sleep, offering a deeply relaxing, soothing effect.
Prior to planning a session, some things you should consider:
It is important to notify me if you have a history of TB, are receiving active treatment for cancer or have a diagnosis of congestive heart failure or heart disease. For these conditions, MLD is currently not recommended.