What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
It is an advanced massage technique that moves the skin over the underlying tissues using repetitive and circular movements. This method was discovered and developed by Dr. Emil and Estrid Vodder in the 1920s and 1930s. An MLD therapist stimulates the minute musculature of the lymph vessel walls and uses the lymph system to cleanse the body, thereby reducing the swelling and strengthening the immune system. MLD has become one of the most effective treatments for any trauma, however, caused.
Role of MLD in the Treatment of Lymphedema and Lipedema
MLD stimulates healthy lymph vessels and the lymph nodes that are located adjacent to the area of non-functioning or blocked lymphatic drainage. It re-routes the lymph flow around these blocked areas into more centrally located healthy lymph vessels and nodes. The resulting increase in the lymphatic activity in the healthy areas creates a “suction effect” that stimulates the accumulated fluid present in lymphedema to move into an area with normal lymphatic drainage.