Manual Lymphatic Drainage

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

MLD (manual lymph drainage) is a light, skin stretching massage that helps promote the movement of lymphatic fluid out of the swollen limb. When performed correctly with the correct pressure, direction and speed, MLD can greatly enhance recovery and facilitate drainage. It also has profound effects on systems in the body.  

Developed in the early 1930s by Emil and Esttrid Vodder, MLD has grown to be the most well known manual technique to assist lymph flow and aid in drainage of tissues.

Who can benefit from MLD massage?

You might consider MLD massage if you suffer from any of the following issues:

  • Lymphedema
  • Migraines
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Recent surgery – knee/hip/ankle replacement, breast reconstruction/mastectomy, etc.
  • Tinnitus
  • Meniere’s Syndrome
  • Whiplash
  • Shoulder pathologies
  • Recovery from fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis