Manual Lymphatic Drainage [MLD]
Dr Vodder's Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is an advanced therapy in which the practitioner uses a range of specialised and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move the skin in the direction of lymph flow.
This stimulates the lymphatic vessels which carry substances vital to the defence of the body and removes waste products. The first visit will include a consultation and the therapist will outline the number and frequency of sessions.
Each MLD session will last approximately one hour. Where appropriate, the therapist will work in conjunction with your medical practitioner.
The History Of Manual Lymphatic Drainage [MLD]
During the early 1930's Dr Emil Vodder created a unique range of movements which brought relief from chronic conditions such as sinus congestion and catarrh.
Since Vodder's pioneering work, Manual Lymphatic Drainage has spread world-wide and has become a popular treatment in many European hospitals and clinics.
MLD is now beginning to gain acceptance in the U.K. as a component in the treatment and control of lymphoedema.
The Benefits Of Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Dr Vodder's Manual Lymphatic Drainage [MLD]:
- is both preventative and remedial and can enhance your well-being
- is deeply relaxing
- promotes the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains and lessens the pain
- can improve many chronic conditions: sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis,scleroderma, acne and other skin conditions.
- may strengthen the immune system
- relieves fluid congestion: swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs due to pregnancy
- is an effective component of the treatment and control of lymphoedema and assists in conditions arising from venous insufficiency
- promotes healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars
- minimises or reduces stretch marks
- is a professional association of MLD practitioners
- One of its aims is to promote an awareness of Manual Lymphatic Drainage among the general public and healthcare professionals
- encourages the highest possible training standards for those who practise MLD in the UK
- currently recognises three approaches to MLD and suggests the use of a practitioner trained in either the Vodder, Földi or LeDuc methods