Manual Lymph Drainage is a special type of massage concentrating on the Lymphatic System.
The Lymphatic System
The Lymphatic System is part of the body’s circulatory system. Its functions include cleansing soft tissue and maintaining normal tissue drainage. The Lymphatic System is a scavenger system; it removes excess fluid containing water, protein, fats and waste products from tissue spaces. This fluid, now called lymph, is filtered and purified and is then returned, cleaned, to the blood system. The Lymphatic System is an important part of the immune system; lymph contains lymphocytes and other white blood cells. Increased lymph flow carries more antigens to the lymph nodes, increasing antibody/antigen contact.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Dr Vodder Technique)
MLD stimulates the movement of fluid in the tissues. It assists in the decongestion of the tissue by increasing the lymphatic flow. It is usually a gentle, rhythmic technique that has been proven to encourage lymph to flow. A stretching of the skin, followed by a release of pressure which has an effect on the initial lymphatic vessels. If the tissue has become more fibrotic then a stronger pressure may be needed. It is a non-invasive manual technique that has a powerful effect on the body. Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle whole body treatment that relaxes the nervous system and aids the body’s immune system.
Lymphoedema Therapy combines advanced Manual Lymph Drainage techniques with compression bandaging; exercises and skin care also known as Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT).