A Midnight Recap … What Is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)?

A Note Before the Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day in Calgary …

As we will be involved with #Bra-Day Calgary tomorrow and demonstrating what manual lymphatic therapy is about, here is the Cole’s Note version on what the hands-on manual lymphatic drainage technique is all about …

The Brief History …

During the early 1930’s Dr. Emil Vodder created a unique range of movements which brought relief from chronic conditions such as sinus congestion and catarrh. Since Dr. Vodder’s pioneering work, MLD has spread world-wide and has become a popular treatment in many European hospitals and clinics. It is has now gained acceptance worldwide as a component in the treatment and control of lymphedema, used for lipedema, and starting to be recognized to help with pre & post surgery care as well as relief for chronic health conditions.

What It Is …

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is known as an advanced therapy in which the practitioner uses a range of specialized and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move the skin in a particular direction based on the intended goals of the treatment.

What the Effect Is …

This manual lymphatic drainage technique done by the therapist, stimulates the lymphatic vessels which carry substances vital to the defence of the body and removes waste products.

What the Benefits Are …

MLD therapy is both preventative and remedial and can enhance a person’s  well-being. Here are a few benefits:

  • Is deeply relaxing
  • Promotes the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains and lessens pain
  • Can improve many chronic conditions: sinusitus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, acne and other skin conditions
  • May strengthen the immune system as part of “detox” treatment
  • Relieves fluid congestion: swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs due to pregnancy or other health conditions
  • Is an effective component of the treatment and control of lymphedema (which may occur after cancer treatment)
  • Assists in conditions arising from venous insufficiency
  • Promotes healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars
  • Minimises or reduces stretch marks
  • Can be used to speed healing from surgery
What Happens At A Session …

The first visit will include a consultation with the certified therapist. Based on the consultation, the therapist will recommend the number and frequency of future sessions. Sessions can last between 30 to 90 minutes depending on what the treatment is for. Where appropriate the therapist will work in conjunction with the individual’s medical practitioner.



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