Practiced since the 1930’s in European hospitals and clinics, manual lymphatic drainage, was originally developed by Dr. Emil Vodder and his wife, Estrid. Initial recognition of this specialized type of massage occurred in North America some 50 years ago and is a technique that stimulates drainage of toxins thru the lymphatic system. It works on all skin types for puffiness and treatment for pre/post-op clients. Today, in America, a number of variations on the original methodology are used.
What is MLD?
It is a method that gently pumps and manipulates lymphatic vessels toward the lymphatic nodes with specific hand movements.
What are the uses for MLD?
- To decongest the area where there is retention of fluids.
- For a more rapid relief of Edemas.
- For greater Oxygenation of the tissues.
- To recover sensitivity to desensitized areas.
- To relieve headaches, migraines.
- To move waste substances toward their channels of drainage.
What are the applications of MLD?
- Help recover normal functions as well as healthier tissues on all post-operative cases and relieve:
- Swelling around the eyes due to retention of fluid,
- Swollen ankles,
- Bruised areas due to traumas or surgical interventions
Where may MLD be applied?
To all areas of the body that requires lymph drainage
What are the effects of MLD?
The lymphatic system can be thought of as the internal cleansing procedure of the body. By accelerating the lymphatic fluid movement in the human body, the fluid itself is renewed, making it more efficient in removing various waste out of the body. While massage addresses the circulatory system, MLD addresses the defense mechanism of the body.