History of MLD
In the 1930’s, Manual Lymph Drainage was developed by a German man, Emil Vodder and his wife Estrid Vodder. He was given his PhD designation for his thesis on Historic Art. He presented the technique to a congress in Paris in 1936. It took a while for the technique to gain recognition but eventually did in the 1950’s and 1960’s. MLD eventually made it’s way to United States in 1972, followed by Canada in 1982. Dr. Vodder School International- North America was developed in 1993.
What is the Lymph System?
The lymph system is made up of vessels, organs, and lymph nodes. The purpose of this system is to transport lymph fluid through the body, in turn, it helps with internal fluid and tissue balance, and waste and pathogen removal. The lymph fluid is made up of proteins, water, fat, cells and exogenous substances. The lymph system draws water, proteins and waste products from connective tissue and returns it to blood circulation. Because of this process, it creates the optimal healing environment within the body which could reduce healing time. If lymph fluid accumulates, it can lead to secondary health concerns, such as a life-threatening infection called cellulitis.
What is Manual Lymph Drainage?
MLD is a painless, non-invasive, sedating manual therapy technique that supports the flow of the lymph system. Using light, rhythmic movements, the skin is torqued and stretched, stimulating smooth muscle within the lymph vessels to contract. This encourages fluid drain from connective tissues and the flow of lymph fluid through the lymph system.
Is MLD for me?
MLD can be beneficial to almost anyone. Indications for this therapy include, but are not limited to:
* Swelling (due to trauma or surgery)
* Recent injuries
* Surgical recovery (Joint replacements, mastectomies, breast reconstruction etc)
* Incision or Wound-Healing
* Stress or Anxiety
* Chronic Venous Insufficiency
* Dermatological Conditions (Acne, rosacea etc.)
* Pain Management
* Athletic Recovery
* Joint Mobility
* Recent Fractures
* Chronic Sinusitis
Dr. Vodder School International- North America https://vodderschool.com/
Lymph Association of Newfoundland and Labrador https://lymphnl.com/
Weissleder and Shuchhart. Lymphedema Diagnosis and Therapy. Germany, 2008. Print.