Manual Lymph Drainage
and Combined Decongestive
Dr. Vodder Method ®
The 'original' technique of MLD!
Since 1998 I have practiced the Dr. Vodder Method of MLD, accumulated much experience in treating a wide range and of conditions and inflammatory symptoms, and enjoyed educating my clients along the way!
The human body carries 3 times more lymph than blood.
The lymph system empties between 2 and 4 liters of lymph into the circulatory system every 24 hours.
The movement of lymph is almost entirely dormant during sleep. The lymphatics associated with digestion remain active during sleep.
Manual Lymph Drainage or ’MLD’ is an advanced massage therapy technique developed in Europe by Dr. Emil and Estrid Vodder. In 1932, Dr. Vodder and his wife were working as masseurs on the French Riviera. Most of their patients were vacationing English recovering from chronic colds and as such exhibited swollen lymph nodes in their necks. At that time, touching the area of the neck was taboo for masseurs and for physicians. Dr. Vodder broke the taboo and treated the swollen lymph nodes intuitively and successfully; the result: the colds vanished. He went on to develop the original method of MLD, this became known as the Dr. Vodder®.
MLD is a 'skin-to-skin' modality where no oil or lotion is used. It is characterized by a gentle manilpulation of the skin triggering increase lymph movement. The Vodder Method offers special techniques to facilitated the movement of lymph accross 'joint-ed' areas of the body.
Lymph vessels inter-connect with groupings of lymph nodes to form an extensive network of pathways that carry lymph, a white, mostly water-based liquid that ultimately empties into the Circulatory System via the Superior Vena Cava. Circular smooth muscles 'bridge' lymph vessels to neighboring vessels. It is the sequential contraction of these muscles that literally coax lymph to flow. MLD specific touch triggers an increase in the rate and volume of lymph passing through the vaste network of lymphatics. Efficient flow of lymph and transport all of its constituents i.e., cellular wastes, large protein molecules, long chain fat molecules, toxic and foreign substances is crucial for maintaining a strong Immune System!
Vodder Method is the standard in MLD throughout the medical community in the treatment of lymphedema. The European medical community has integrated the Vodder Method into its rehabilitative services for many decades. It is particularly beneficial for post-sugery healing and recovery.