Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Complete Decongestive Therapy – The goal of Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapy is to mobilize the congested tissue fluid, reduce the proliferation of connective tissue and fat to achieve freedom from symptoms such as swelling, pain and to restore pain-free movement. Disorders of lymph flow often leads to serious diseases. The most frequent of these is lymphedema, which affects mainly the extremities. MLD was developed by Dr. Vodder, PHD, of Copenhagen, Denmark in the 1930’s.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gently manual hands on therapy of techniques which enhances the natural flow and circulation of the lymphatic fluid throughout the body. It helps to treat excess fluid (swelling) specifically lymphedema. MLD uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch) and rhythmic circular and specialized movements to stimulate lymph flow.

How does Manual Lymphatic Drainage benefit me?

MLD can also be utilized in a multitude of needs such as pre and post operative procedures including plastic surgery, mastectomy, breast enhancement, removal of lymph nodes and most any surgery. Pre-op benefits patients by cleansing the lymphatic system and improving the movement of fluids, stimulates nerves for preparation for self-healing, helps calm and reduce pre-surgical anxiety. By removing excess fluid, Post-op benefits patients by assisting the body to cleanse of cellular metabolic waste, debris, reducing swelling, bruising, scarring and helps restore nerve endings for quick recovery and optimal healing.

MLD can be used for many conditions such as:

  • Lymphedema
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Amputations
  • Surgical sites
  • Increase immune system
  • Healing wounds
  • Fighting infections
  • Subacute and Chronic Inflammation
  • Total Body Congestion and Toxicity
  • Tissue injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Insomnia
  • And many more …

What can I expect?

MLD (Manual Lymph Drainage) procedure involves short and long lever pumping, light rhythmical spiral and wave like movements, feathery finger movements that stimulate and redirect the flow and aid in the re-circulation of the venous and lymphatic flow. Precise rhythm, pressures, and direction of movements clear stagnant fluid from the interstitial tissues. Not only does the therapy activates fluid flow in blocked nodes, but it also increases the immune system, helps detoxify the body to improve health and balance the autonomic nervous system.

How many sessions does it take?

Each person’s medical needs are different, the number of visits will vary.

How long is a session?

A session can be from 1 to 2 hours long depending on your needs.


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