Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is very gentle manual treatment which improves the function of the lymphatic system throughout the body. In lymphedema therapy, MLD is used to re-route the lymph flow around blocked areas into healthy lymph vessels which drain into the venous circulation.
We can assist you with treatment and education of the following:
- Prevention and treatment of lymphedema: we treat safely and effectively patients with lymphatic disorders including Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). CDT is also extremely beneficial for managing post-traumatic, post-surgical edema, chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and patients with wounds.
- Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is very gentle manual treatment which improves the function of the lymphatic system throughout the body. In lymphedema therapy, MLD is used to re-route the lymph flow around blocked areas into healthy lymph vessels which drain into the venous circulation.
- Compression Therapy increases tissue pressure and improves the efficiency of the muscle and joint pump. Multi-layered compression bandages are applied between MLD treatments to help prevent re-accumulation of evacuated fluid.
- Exercises are performed with compression bandages in place to activate the muscle and joint pump of the affected extremity. This results in an increase in lymphokinetic activity and further reduction of the swollen limb over time.
- Self-Manual Lymph Drainage education with patient taught self-MLD techniques while providing clear verbal instruction on self-manage the swelling related to their condition. Self-MLD can decrease pain and improve range of motion, mobility, and activities of daily living.
- Breast Cancer Rehabilitation with special attention to the evaluation and treatment of axillary web syndrome (cording), postural and scapular dysfunction, and upper-quadrant soft-tissue changes following breast cancer surgery and radiation therapy.
Manual Lymph Drainage
Manual Lymph Drainage is a very gentle but extremely powerful treatment for cleansing the body, specifically the connective tissue. MLD helps to reduce pain, relax the patient and greatly assists with improving the immune system.
The therapeutic benefits are vast. These benefits have been researched and well documented for over 60 different conditions for people suffering from acute or chronic illnesses as well as for anyone interested in maintaining their health.
Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage was developed in Europe by Dr. Emil Vodder and Estrid Vodder in the 1930s. As part of Combined Decongestive Therapy(CDT), MLD is considered the gold standard treatment for lymphedema for decades.
Benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage
- Removes metabolic wastes, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules and foreign substances from the tissues.
- Alleviates pain by greatly reducing the pain signals sent to the brain.
- Relaxes the sympathetic nervous system, thus helping to relieve stress.
- Supports and enhances the action of the immune system.
- Helps the body to heal more quickly from injuries, surgical trauma, chronic conditions and edema.
- Helps to minimize scar formation.