LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage to enhance the natural circulation of the lymph through the body. The lymph system depends on peristalsis and the movement of skeletal muscles to squeeze fluid through lymph ducts and vessels. This can help to:
The Lymphatic System is the body's filter. It is made up of vessels, nodes and lymph, the life-giving fluid that bathes your cells. Lymphatic vessels collect fluid from all over the body and bring it to the lymph nodes, where it is purified. In the nodes, immune cells destroy damaged cells, bacteria and viruses. Ultimately, the cleaned lymph fluid enters back into blood circulation.
Healthy lymph circulation is critical to the body's ability to detoxify itself, regenerate tissue and maintain a healthy immune system. However, that process can be hindered by stress, fatigue or trauma to the tissues in the form of illness, injury or surgery.
Dr. Emil Vodder (February 20, 1896 - February 17, 1986) and his wife Dr. Estrid Vodder pioneered the specialty of medicine called "lymphology". While working on the French Riviera treating patients with chronic colds, chronic sinusitis and other immune disorders, they noticed these patients had swollen lymph nodes. In 1932 the Vodders began to study the lymph system, and developed careful hand movements to cause lymph movement. In 1936 after four years of research they introduced this technique to the world in Paris, France. They spent the rest of their lives demonstrating and teaching this method. It is now recognized as a primary tool in Lymphedema management.
This careful hand movement that stretches and twists the skin to move the lymph is taught in its unaltered form today and is the gold standard for Manual lymphatic drainage.