Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, non-invasive technique designed to move lymphatic fluid from swollen tissue.  Developed in Austria, MLD is highly a specialized massage using specific pressure, direction and rhythm.  MLD is a popular technique in European hospitals, aiding in recovery from surgery and injuries. Due to the gentle nature of MLD, it is safe and painless.

MLD may assist in:

-Reducing inflammation

-Reducing fluid retention and edema

-Reducing pain

-Reducing scar tissue formation

-Speeding up recovery time after surgery

What is the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is made up of lymph vessels, lymph nodes, and lymph fluid.  The vessels carry excess waste fluid from cells to the blood.  This cellular waste is filtered in lymph nodes (which can become swollen when there is an injury or infection). Lymph fluid also carries immune cells to the injured area to protect against infection.  Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a centralized pump.  If lymph fluid builds up in the tissue, swelling and pain occur.

MLD Tips:

-Lymphatic massage is most effective in a series.  A series of treatments is tailored to your specific needs.  Call about packages.

-Avoid exposing the affected area to extreme heat or pressure.  This can draw fluid back to the affected area.

-Please ask your doctor before starting a new treatment program.

-MLD is contraindicated in people who have edema due to blood clots, congestive heart failure, or kidney failure.