Manual Lymph Drainage was first discovered and developed by Dr. Emil and Estrid Vodder
in France in the 1920’s and 1930’s. It premiered in Paris in 1936 to great acclaim
and both went on to teach their method in countries all over the world.
The method that constitutes MLD is an exceedingly light skin manipulation applied
without oils or powders.
Moving the skin gently over the underlying tissues triggers the musculature of the
lymph vessel system to contract more frequently – increasing the absorption of excess
fluid and waste products.
Manual lymphatic drainage is primarily used to enhance the functioning of the lymphatic
vessels whose role is to ‘filter’ interstitial fluid before returning it to the circulatory
system, therefore the circulatory and lymphatic system are closely connected, working
in unison with each other.
Manual lymphatic drainage promotes the action of the sympathetic and parasympathetic
nervous systems which in turn enhances the function and activity of the immune system.
It is effective in the treatment of a wide range of disorders ranging from headaches
to post operative mastectomy procedures. The diet of the western world increasingly
relies heavily on processed and saturated food stuffs, this places an increased pressure
on the lymphatic system with excess toxins and wastes.
Fluid intake which in western society is generally limited combines with a poor diet
to make the lymphatic system slow, unresponsive and sluggish.
Clients can benefit from lymphatic drainage as part of a general detox program which
will in turn improve energy, increase cellular oxygen uptake and nutritional exchange
as well as building immunity levels.
Whilst lymph flow does not have a pump to power the fluid through the body it does
make use of the muscular-skeletal action, movements and exercise as well as non-return
valves which act like lock gates and seek to prevent backflow.
Manual lymphatic drainage is extremely gentle. Receiving the treatment is wonderfully
relaxing. Therapists who provide the treatment will tell you that it is just as relaxing
to apply with a natural rhythm that enhances the bodies cadium cycles.
The understanding of the lymphatic system and research into the functioning of it
has, in recent years accelerated. The lymphatic system is an important biological
system, which functions to provide immunity and to transport the excess tissue fluid
from amongst the capillaries in the loose connective tissue into the vascular system
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