MANUAL LYMPH DRAINAGE Manual lymph drainage (MLD), when applied correctly by a trained and certified Vodder therapist is a gentle, slow rhythmic pumping hands-on movement over the skin in order to move congested lymph fluids. The MLD therapist must undergo intensive training in this technique. MLD is especially beneficial as a course of treatment two to five times per week for up to four weeks to achieve reduction in swelling. If the swelling in a limb is left untreated, stagnation of the fluid creates a medium for growth of bacteria that can cause infection.
Effects of Manual Lymph Drainage:
- Reduces pain an swelling
- Reduces formation of scar tissue due to burns, surgery, trauma
- Removes wastes, dyes, medications, post surgery debris, dust and allergens
- Helps to alleviate skin problems such as acne, rosacea and is excellent as an anti aging application
- Reduces dark circles and puffiness around the eyes
- Promotes recovery of: chronic injuries, chronic sinusitis, carpel tunnel syndrome, whiplash, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia
- Immproves range of motion
- Breaks down fibrotic tissue
- Enhances the immune system
- Calms and de stress the nervous system
WHAT IS LYMPHEDEMA?
- Lymphedema is a swelling caused by accumulation of protein rich fluid in the tissues as a result of damage to the lymph vessels which are unable to move this fluid efficiently. It usually occurs in a limb after surgery, trauma, infection or through hereditary.
TYPES OF LYMPHEDEMA:
- Primary lymphedema: a person is born with an abnormal lymph system
- Secondary lymphedema: can be post surgery, post radiogenic, post trauma, post infection and post inflammatory.
- Manual lymph drainage
- compresssion, bandages/garment
- skin care