Manual Lymph Drainage Therapy
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) therapy is a gentle but specialised form of massage that was first developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Emil Vodder in Europe. During the 1960’s it was further developed by Dr. Foldi from Germany and a Belgian physician Leduc for its use in patients with lymphatic diseases. In more recent years a number of schools have evolved with differences between them focusing primarily on the sequence of hand movements. The main aim of MLD is to improve the functioning of the lymphatic system. MLD consists of very light, rhythmic, calming hand movements which stretches the skin to stimulate the lymphatic system. The lymph is drained along specific pathways into the deeper lymphatics and it finally enters the blood stream at the neck.
Manual Lymph Drainage Therapy is effective in treating lymphoedema, trauma, sports injuries, sprains and strains, fractures, trauma, torn ligaments sinusitis and Bells Palsy. MLD has a direct effect on pain, because of its gentle rhythmic movements; it blocks pain through the nervous system direct to the ‘noci centre’ in the brain. MLD promotes healing of long-standing leg ulcers, cellulitis and poor circulation. It is very effective for burns and scaring and insomnia. Doctors consent is required before commencing treatment.