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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Dr Vodder method)

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a light massage which moves the skin over the underlying tissues using repetitive and circular movements to stimulate the lymphatic system. It assists the lymphatic system eliminate excessive fluids and waste products and improves its transportation of nutrients and oxygen to the body’s tissues.


During the early 1930’s Dr. Emil Vodder created this unique range of movements which brought relief from chronic conditions such as sinus congestion and catarrh. Since Vodder's pioneering work, Manual Lymphatic Drainage has spread world wide and has become a popular treatment in many European hospitals and clinics.


The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system and a vital part of the immune system. It depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph. Since the lymph system does not have a pump like the heart, it can easily become stagnant. At rest lymph is propelled approximately 4 to 6 times a minute, but with external stretching like that used in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, the frequency can be increased by 30 times per minute.

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What are the benefits?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is deeply relaxing. It relieves the fluid congestion like swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs which may be experienced during pregnancy, as well as improving skin tone. It can promote the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains and lessen pain. The technique is increasingly popular with surgeons and is recommended both pre and post operatively to promote healing. It can boost the immune system and energy levels, and reduce cellulite, enhance weight loss and aid detoxification.

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Gen Cengiz Necati, Personal & Business Consultant

MLD UK, a professional association of manual lymphatic drainage practitioners

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