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Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique)

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, rhythmic form of massage that is performed to encourage the movement of fluid in the lymph system.  There are 4 basic movements in MLD, which alternately stretch the skin and underlying lymph structures, then allow the skin to relax, at a rate of one pulsations per second.  This pumping movement promotes the drainage of fluid in a desired direction, away from areas of swelling.


MLD can be a useful tool in the treatment of post-trauma and post-surgical edema (swelling), relief of symptoms of autoimmune disorders, pregnancy edema, among others.  MLD can also be utilized as a stand-alone therapy for Stage 0-1 Lymphedema, or as part of a CDT (Complete Decongestive Therapy) program for more advanced Stage 2-3 Lymphedema.


While almost everyone can benefit from MLD, there are some clients who should be cleared by their primary care physician or appropriate health care provider before having MLD.  This can include clients suffering from congestive heart failure, undiagnosed or recent DVT, cellulitis, fever or renal disease.  All clients should consult with the proper health care provider prior to receiving MLD.