Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Lymphatic Drainage is excellent for quicker and smoother recovery from
injuries and surgeries and works beautifully for skin trouble (e.g. burn and ulceration).

  • Post surgery – bruises and swelling
  • Injury related bruises and swelling
  • Tennis elbow
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Any inflammation conditions
  • Burns
  • Ulceration
  • Acne

MLD affects the nervous system by lowering sympathetic tonus. In so doing, MLD can have an effect on smooth muscles innervated by the sympathetic system, for example in blood and lymph vessels as well as intestinal motility. It can also help a patient to recuperate from chronic illness by allowing their parasympathetic nervous system to predominate. MLD is calming and relaxing to receive and patients often feel a sense of well-being after treatment.

Through the pumping and stretching effect on the lymph vessels, the Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage stimulates the contraction of smooth muscles in lymph vessels, helping to move the lymph forward and drain the connective tissue.

Fluid movement in the connective tissue (interstitial fluid) as well as the movement of lymph is assisted with a correctly performed MLD. By stimulating microcirculation and lymph vessel motility, MLD can be successfully employed in edematous conditions, such as lymphedema and certain types of venous edema.

Indirectly it may also affect the immune system. By assisting lymph flow, MLD is thought to bring pathogens quicker to the lymph nodes where they can be neutralized.

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