The Dr Vodder Method of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD®)

This technique is taught by the Dr Vodder School and is one of the most researched of all lymphatic drainage techniques world wide.

Reasons for choosing to enjoy this treatment:

  • Lymphoedema Management
  • scar reduction
  • relaxation
  • pain relief
  • possible secondary lymphoedema prevention
  • excellent for general health care
  • oedema reduction
  • pre and post surgery
  • before a long flight
MLD® Treatment
MLD® Treatment

This method of MLD ® treatment :

  1. stimulates and supports the healthy functioning of existing lymph vessels
  2. results in a healthier and more robust lymphatic system
  3. removes metabolic wastes, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules and foreign substances from the body tissues (removes fluid from the tissues)
  4. helps the body heal more quickly from injuries, surgical trauma and chronic conditions
  5. softens scar contracture
  6. supports the action of the immune system
  7. greatly reduces the pain signals sent to the brain

Lymphodema management

The aim of this management plan is to bring the body to as stable and normal a situation as possible.

This consists of:

Treatment plan for existing or long term lymphedema:

Phase 1 – Intensive treatment

  • Frequent MLD®  sessions with bandaging and  laser therapy
  • Deep breathing, exercise and skin care to be practiced at home
  • Commence nightly bed elevation for leg lymphoedema
  • Correct resting elevation  as often as possible

Phase 2 – Maintenance Program

  • Wearing compression garments as prescribed
  • Continue exercise, skin care and elevation
  • Regular MLD®   treatments to prevent further development of lymphoedema

 You may be at risk of developing Lymphoedema – early warning symptoms may include:

  • restricted movements
  • feeling of fullness
  • pressure
  • heaviness
  • tingling
  • tightness
  • swelling that comes and goes
  • feeling of tiredness

Risk factors include:

  1. having had treatment for cancer
  2. having had surgery to remove tumors and lymph nodes
  3. under gone  radiotherapy treatment
  4. accidents, cuts, burns, insect or reptile bites

Other factors that can increase the  risk of swelling

  • tight clothing
  • weight gain
  • inappropriate exercise
  • alcohol
  • smoking
  • high blood pressure
  • cardiovascular / kidney  disease
  • therapeutic drug medication

This specialized technique uses precise movements of the skin to activate the lymph vessels which respond by pumping harder and faster. By this action MLD has a profound effect on lymphatic transport, literally suctioning the tissues like a vacuum cleaner, removing wastes, excess fluid and moving immune elements more effectively to where they are needed.

“Rotary” technique

"Soldiers" Activating deep pathways along the spine

“Soldiers” Activating deep pathways along the spine

"Stationary Circles" The foundation technique in MLD. The skin is stretched in a circular pattern with and increasing pressure and then passively returned to a zero phase. This precise pressure (imagine the weight of a couple of coins resting on the skin) and movement of the skin is what activates the lymph vessels to pump harder.

“Stationary Circles”

"Thumb Circles" These smaller movement are repeated numerous times in the same are where they actively change the consistency of the connective tissue, changing congested, gel like states back into free flowing, fluid states.

“Thumb Circles”

 

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Book your Lymphatic Drainage Treatment with Margie today on 0407 187159

You can reduce your risk by booking a MLD®  treatment with your nearest specialized therapist. The Dr Vodder school offers the most extensive and comprehensive training. Therapists trained and certified in this school attend regular reviews and are at the leading edge of lymphedema therapy world wide.

Gratitude over the years goes to one of my Dr Vodder teachers and mentor, Jan Douglas, who has inspired excellence and passion for this important work we do.  The above diagrams are with grateful thanks to her educational blog. Highly recommended reading :

http://movinglymph.com/blog/

More information on : www.vodderschool.com

 Other pages of interest:

 “There can be no treatment of edema of the limbs without compression”

 Dr Vodder Academy Austria