Manual Lymph Drainage

 
Your lymphatic system helps eliminate your body’s waste. A healthy, active lymphatic system uses the natural movements of smooth muscle tissue to do this.
 
However, surgery, medical conditions, or other damage can cause fluids to build up in your lymph system and your lymph nodes, a condition known as lymphoedema.

 

What is MLD?

Manual Lymph drainage (MLD), is a technique developed by the Vodders in 1936 in Paris for treatment of swollen lymph nodes. Lymphatic diseases, especially lymphoedema, represent a serious problem in the health community.

MLD is a light, skin-stretching massage that helps promote the movement of lymphatic fluid out of the swollen limb. It should not be confused with a traditional massage. MLD is specifically focused on the lymph vessels to help the flow of lymphatic fluid. MLD helps open the remaining functioning lymph collectors and move protein and fluid into them, as well as to help speed up lymph fluid flow through the lymphatics.

 

Who should go for MLD Treatment?

MLD is effective both as a preventative treatment and as a postoperative rehabilitation treatment.

Indications for MLD include:

  • Primary or secondary lymphoedema
  • Lipidoedema
  • Phlebo-lymphostatic oedema
  • Postoperative oedema
  • Posttraumatic oedema
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Palliative care: Provision of comfort and pain relief when other physical therapies are no longer appropriate
  • This technique may be used as a complement in therapies for patients with stress

May be effective for reducing intracranial pressure in severe cerebral diseases.