Manual Lymphatic Drainage [MLD]

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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]

manual Lymphatic Drainage - massaging leg with lymphoedema

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

MLD [UK]

  • 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

List of Conditions MLD may Help

For a comprehensive list of medical conditions which Manual Lymphatic Drainage may help, please scroll below:

Acne (rosacea and vulgaris)
Anxiety
Most arthritic conditions
Bronchitis
Burns
Bursitis
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Catarrh
Cellulite
Colitis
Constipation
Crohn's Disease
Cyclic idiopathic oedema
Cystitis
Depression
Diverticulosis
Down's syndrome
Eczema (allergic and chronic)
Swollen eyelids
Fibrosis
Fluid retention
Fractures
Frozen shoulders
Gout
Haematomas
Headache

Chronic Infections
Chronic inflammation
Insomnia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Lipidema
Lymphoedema
Mastitis
Menieres syndrome
ME
Menopausal problems
Menstrual problems
Migraine
Multiple Sclerosis
Oedema (acute and chronic)
Pain
Phantom pain
Plastic surgery scars
Pregnancy problems
Psoriasis
Repetitive strain syndrome
Degenerative rheumatism
Scars
Scleroderma
Shingles
Skin Problems
Sports injuries
Stress
Stroke
Swellings

Tinnitus
Tonsillitis
Toothache
Toxic states
Traumas
Trigeminal neuralgia

Venous ulcers
Weight Loss (+ nutrition and exercise)
Whiplash
Wrinkles

 


MLD Article

i c o n magazine link to MLD article

To view Marie-France Bewley's recently published article on MLD in ICON Magazine, entitled "An effective treatment for lymphoedema, a frequent and distressing side-effect of some cancer surgery", click here.


Useful Downloads

Download Cancer Guidelines PDF Cancer Guidelines
Download 'About Manual Lymphatic Drainage' PDF About MLD
Download 'About Manual Lymphatic Drainage' PDF Simple Lymphatic Drainage [SLD] for Arm Oedema
Download 'About Manual Lymphatic Drainage' PDF Simple Lymphatic Drainage [SLD] for Leg Oedema

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