Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Vodder Lymphatic Drainage Massage techniques (MLD) enhance fluid movement in the skin, aid in drainage of tissues and reduce swelling. This has a very powerful, relaxing and calming effect on the nervous system. The gentle, rhythmic, pumping, massage movements follow the direction of lymph flow and produce rapid results. Lymphatic massage will decrease swelling, reduce pain, promote restful sleep, promote normal range of motion (ROM), inhibit fibrosis and scar formation, and reduce overall recovery and healing time. As the lymphatic system plays a central role in the body’s immune system, lymphatic drainage massage can help treat a variety of health conditions.

The lymphatic system is an extensive drainage network that helps keep bodily fluid levels in balance and defends the body against infections. As blood moves through the arteries and veins, 10% of the fluid filtered by the capillaries, along with vital proteins, becomes trapped in the tissues of the body. This loss of this fluid (approximately 1-2 liters/day) would rapidly become life threatening if the lymphatic system did not properly function. The lymphatic system collects this fluid and returns it to the circulatory system. MLD techniques are gentle, slow and rhythmic ­— designed to promote lymph flow, and activate the lymphatic system by manually supporting its natural flow and activity. MLD treatment sequences mimic the body’s natural lymphatic flow direction. Various medical conditions can hinder the lymphatic system’s natural ability to function making MLD necessary.

Lymphatic massage is beneficial for those not experiencing health conditions as well. The lymphatic system plays an integral role in the immune functions of the body. It is the first line of defense against disease. It is a good addition to your overall healthcare as it can improve your immune system, boost your energy levels, and reduce fatigue.

General Effects of MLD:

  • Decreased swelling
  • Pain relief
  • Promotes a parasympathetic nerve response which creates a soothing effect
  • Re-direction of fluid around blocked areas typically caused by scar tissue, lymph node removal or radiation.

MLD can support the following conditions:

Post-Traumatic Injuries
Sprains, whiplash and hematomas<

Post-Surgery Swelling
Facelift, liposuction, breast reduction or augmentation and joint replacements

Oncology Treatment
Post-surgical recovery, edema reduction, pain control, infection prevention (particularly local infections), hematoma reduction/resolution, constipation relief, relaxation, stress reduction, and improved sleep. In addition to generalized impacts, MLD can help support patients with lymphedema by redirecting fluid around damaged or blocked areas.

Autoimmune Disorders
Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

Other Disorders
Migraines, sinus problems, tinnitus, pregnancy edema, Lyme disease, diabetes and inflammation