Leg massageManual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is preventative and remedial and can enhance your wellbeing.  The original method of Manual Lymph Drainage was developed by Emil Vodder PhD and his wife, Estrid Vodder, ND in the 1930’s.  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 the 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 during which the therapist will recommend the number and frequency of future sessions. Where appropriate the therapist will work in conjunction with your medical practitioner. People with lymphoedema will need referral.
 
Conditions* for which MLD therapy is helpful include:
 
  • It is an effective component in the treatment and management of Primary and Secondary Lymphoedema (stages, I, II, III)  (Referral required)
  • Post-traumatic Oedema (Hematomas, Dislocation of the shoulder, Torn muscle fibres, Sudeck’s Distrophy).
  • Post-operative Oedema (Plastic or Venous surgery)
  • It promotes the healing of Wounds and Burns.
  • It may be helpful in treating conditions of the Nervous System with local Oedema i.e. (Migraine, Parkinsons Disease, MS, Tinnitus etc.
  • It improves the appearance and texture of Scars, even established/aged Scars.
  • It is successfully being used to help heal Leg Ulcers.
  • It assists in conditions arising from Venous Insufficiency.
  • It accelerates and enhances the healing process of broken bones, Torn ligaments and Sprains.
  • Chronic inflammatory conditions such as Sinusitis, Arthritis, Acne and Acne Rosacea and conditions associated with Stroke can be improved with the application of MLD.
  • Many female related conditions such as PMT and pregnancy related swellings respond well to MLD.
  • Cellulite.
  • Lipoedema. (Referral required)
It has a calming effect on the autonomic nervous system that leaves you deeply relaxed. It can help improve the quality of sleep, relieve constipation and generally aid digestion.
* Conditions that may be treated are extracted from: Compendium of Dr Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage 1998
 
 
MLD and/or Multi-layer bandaging is available in conjunction with advice and full management.
 
 
Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT), also known as Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy (DLT), is the treatment of choice for Lymphoedema. Here CDT is combined with Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), correct breathing, compression therapy, skin-care and decongestive exercise. Initially, CDT involves frequent visits to a certified therapist with a doctor’s/consultant’s prescription. Once the lymphoedema is reduced, increased patient participation is required for on-going care. The Therapist will teach SLD (Simple Lymph Drainage) and the patient will learn all about the use of elastic compression garments. In this maintenance phase visits to the therapist are less frequent but still essential to ensure the reduction of the oedema . CDT is generally effective. It is not a ‘cure’ in itself but helps to manage the condition and prevents further complications.

This short video on Lipedema (Lipoedema in the UK) covers the causes of this disorder, the effects of Lipedema on the lymphatic system and current treatment options.  It includes patients, researchers and medical personnel who are on the leading edge of creating awareness and treatment options.)

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