Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a special type of massage following Dr. Vodder method. We use MLD to stimulate the lymphatic system to reduce swelling and support the immune system.
What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymph system is a slow-moving system of vessels and lymph nodes that is supplementary to the body's system of blood circulation. The lymph system both delivers nutrients to the cells and carries away disposes of excess water, cellular waste, bacteria, viruses and toxins. By stimulating the lymphatic system it has proven being effective to reduce or eliminate edemas and hematomas, boosting tissue regeneration and support the body's immune system.
The therapist will massage with extremely light, circular pumping movements. The lymphatic system is located directly beneath the skin. It mostly has a very soothing, relaxing effect. The number of treatments and the frequency varies depending on the type of MLD and personal needs. The aim of the massage is to move fluid from the swollen area into an area where the lymphatic system is working normally. Therefore the therapist will massages and clear the area they want the fluid to be drained to. It might seem strange to have them massage your chest and neck if you have lymphedema in your arm. It means that the fluid in the effected arm has somewhere to be drained to.
MLD is very effective in countering the body’s natural inflammatory response following soft tissue trauma. This to help the body prepare and trigger cell abilities to regenerate and repair tissues much faster. As a basic rule, the less swelling that occurs, the less bruising and pain will subsequently follow. If received in a timely manner, MLD can dramatically shorten the route to recovery.
For what can MLD be used?
Swelling / hematoma / lymphedema/ lipoedema
Pre/post-surgery, ankle or knee strain, scar tissues
Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression and stress. Pain relief
Stimulation immune system.