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My Approach to Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)

The swelling and edema that patients face as a result of injury, surgery, and an assortment of other conditions and ailments, can not only be painful, but can seriously inhibit recovery.

Approach Details

Lymph DrainageAs a trained Rehabilitation Nurse, I have personally worked with many people suffering from this issue. Using MLD, I can help my clients to reduce swelling and therefore relieve pain so that their lymph system can function better again.

After gathering information about my clients’ current condition, their expectations, and their doctor's recommendations, I tailor my treatment to their specific needs.  I apply light, rhythmic, circular and repetitive strokes using the palm of my hands and the padded parts of my finger tips. Lymph DrainageSince breathing is important to the treatment process, I also carefully teach my clients how to breathe properly and thus maximize the benefits of MLD. In addition to a reduction in swelling, MLD helps clients feel more relaxed and calm.

Note: I also treat patients recovering from cancer. I have been trained in the technique of Dr. Vodder, the founder of MLD, and use his style in my treatments.

How MLD helps you
  • Relieves Insomnia
  • Decreases Acne
  • Eases Fibromyalgia
  • Lessens Scar Tissue
  • Improves Immune Function
  • Decreases Built-Up Lactic Acid after Intense Work-Outs
  • Decreases Swelling after Injuries and/or Surgery
  • Decreases Swelling during and after Pregnancy, and Prolonged Flights
  • Speeds up Recovery from Chronic Colds
  • Enhances Detoxification

Learn more about Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)

What is it?
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a form of gentle, soothing massage which helps to increase the lymph flow and supports the drainage of tissues.  It was developed in 1932, by Emil and Estrid Vodder and is now established as an effective technique – either by itself, or together  with other treatments – to enhance  the body’s recovery and help the drainage of healthy lymph vessels.  Depending on the severity of the client’s condition, MLD can be applied for up to an hour per day, three times a week. MLD has to be done directly on the skin, so clients may have to remove some of their clothing.


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