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Dr Vodder and Casley-Smith Certified

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a specialised technique of gentle massage on the surface of the skin which helps the lymphatic system o work better.  It consists of light rhythmical and calming hand movements which gently stretch the skin in specific directions stimulating the lymphatic system.  The aim of MLD is to redirect fluid from congested areas towards healthy lymphatic's where the fluid can be drained by normal routes back into circulation.  This pressure is applied evenly, repetitvely and rhythmically which creates in the person being treated an incredibly deep relaxing feeling.  These movements do not cause redness of the skin, neither do they cause any pain.

MLD can be of benefit to people with lympheodema, lipodema, generalised oedema following an acute injury or trauma and those recovering from surgery either cosmetic or orthopaedeic.  

For MLD to be effective, it is essential that treatment time suits the illness.  For large swellings or chronic health problems, daily treatment is recommended for the initial treatment program.  Maintanence treatments are then advised as ailments such as Lympheodema are a lifelong condition.   Once treatment is finished, clients will be advised on proper compression garments to wear, also exercises will be given, advice on diet, travel and living with lympheodema and lipodema.  Self massage techniques will also be shown for patients to pracise at home.

Studies have shown that some people with these conditions feel anxious, depressed or isolated but this treatment is very successful and the relief clients feel afterwards is absolutely amaing!

Other areas that benefit from MLD are:

Women's Health

MLD can also be beneficial for women's health issues such as menstrual cramps and breast tenderness. It can help to reduce pain and promote lymphatic circulation.


Chronic Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain, MLD can help to reduce inflammation and improve circulation such as sinisitus and allergic reactions/side effects of medicine.

Pre/Post Cosmetic Surgery care

If you are planning to have cosmetic or orthopaedic surgery, MLD can help prepare your body for the procedure and aid in your recovery afterwards. It can help to reduce swelling, bruising, and pain, and promote healing.



MLD is a relaxing therapy that can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation. It can help to improve your mood and overall sense of wellbeing.

These are just a handful of benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

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