Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle, repetitive form of massage based on pumping and scooping movements, which encourage lymph to flow more freely around the body. This nourishes and regenerates the cells, removes waste products and relaxes the nervous system.

Dr. Emil Vodder developed Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) in the 1930s. He noticed that people who are suffering from chronic catarrh and sinus infections tend to have swollen lymph nodes (glands) and against medical practice of the time, started to work upon these lymph nodes with great success. Since Vodder’s pioneering work, MLD has spread worldwide and has become a popular treatment in many European hospitals and clinics.

The Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is an important part of our immune system and is designed to assist in the removal of waste products from the cells. Unlike the circulation of the blood, there is no pump (the heart); instead the lymphatic system has to rely on muscular movement to assist circulation. This system can become very sluggish, not least because of our sedentary lifestyles, resulting in a build-up of stagnant lymph.

Lymph is a colourless fluid which functions to breakdown harmful substances (viruses, bacteria), strengthen the body’s immune system by producing white blood cells and eliminate excess fluid. The lymph nodes filter out toxic material collected from the body via the lymph. During the course of any infection, these nodes become enlarged and inflamed.

The Benefits of MLD

Manual Lymphatic Drainage alleviates many chronic conditions:

• Sinusitis, Nasal Congestion, Catarrh
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Constipation
• Arthritic Swelling, Pain and Inflammation
• Puffy eyes, Swollen legs, Swollen Ankles
• Post Operative Inflammation and Swelling
• Post Plastic Surgery (speeding up healing)
• Calms the central nervous system for stress reduction
• Effective in the ttreatment and control of Lymphoedema

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