Manual Lymph Drainage also known as MLD is a highly specialized treatment using gentle, non-invasive techniques that can be used immediately after injury to enhance recovery. Light touch is applied to the tissues in order to stretch the tissue in specific directions to increase the amplitude and speed of lymph vessel contraction thus increasing lymph flow.
Developed by Dr. Emil Vodder in France in the 1930s. The Lymphatic system is part of the body’s immune system. It is a one way system that functions as a filter by removing wastes, cellular debris, toxins and fluid from the tissues. The gentle, rhythmic, pumping technique to assist lymph flow, tissue drainage and return it to the blood circulatory system.
It can be used as a stand-alone treatment or combined with other therapies, including taping and compression therapy.