Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage What It Is And Videos

Self Lymph Drainage Massage – Facial

Lymphatic-drainage massage is considered a staple practice for reducing swelling, relieving fatigue, or helping the body detox (removing waste from our own metabolic processes, not heavy metals or pollutants), which is why it’s included in spa fasting, cleansing, and smoking-cessation programs. Some facialists have seen great improvement of dark under-eye circles with the Vodder method in facials. Lymphatic-drainage massage can also offer some relief for fluid retention brought on by travel, menstruation, or pregnancy.

Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage- Kathy Fleming Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD®) Lecture About

This is a gentle, non-invasive manual technique that has a powerful effect on the body.  Research in Australia, Europe and North America has proven its efficacy as a stand-alone treatment and in combination with other therapies.

Developed in France in 1932 by Emil and Estrid Vodder MLD has grown to be the most well known manual technique to assist lymph flow and aid in drainage of tissues.

The skin is stretched and torqued in a specific manner, based on scientific, physiological principles that have proven to encourage lymph flow.  If performed correctly with the correct pressure, direction and speed, this can greatly enhance recovery and facilitate drainage.  It also has profound effects on systems in the body.

Lymph Vessel System

This system of vessels and lymphatic tissue, including lymph nodes is found in most parts of the body, except the brain, nails, hair and joint cavities. It is a very important system and one that has had little attention paid to it until recently. The importance of a well-functioning lymph vessel system in maintaining health, removing wastes and pathogens, as well as fluid balance is of utmost importance.

The lymph vessel system carries excess water, proteins and wastes from the connective tissue back to the blood stream. During the transportation process the lymph is cleaned, filtered and concentrated. Many immune reactions occur in the lymph nodes. If the pathways become congested, blocked, damaged or severed, then fluids can build up in the connective tissue leading to edema and fibrosis. Eventually cell pathology may begin. If there is damage in the connective tissue (e.g. burns, chronic inflammation, ulceration, hematoma), then the lymph vessel system must transport the damaged cells, inflammatory products and toxins away from the area. The quicker this can happen, the faster recovery will be.

Treatment is performed by certified Manual Lymph Drainage therapists who have undergone the four week, post-graduate, training program. Manual Lymph Drainage can be utilized in the treatment of many different conditions including:

  • Primary and Secondary Lymphedema
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Non-infected inflammatory conditions (e.g. sprains and strains)
  • Ulceration
  • Dermatological conditions
  • Circulatory disturbances
  • Sports injuries
  • RSD
  • Pre- and post- plastic surgery
  • Is deeply relaxing
  • Can improve many chronic conditions: sinusitus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, acne and other skin conditions
  • May strengthen the immune system as part of “detox” treatment
  • Relieves fluid congestion: swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs due to pregnancy
  • Promotes healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars
  • Minimises or reduces stretch marks

Stimulate the circulation of lymphatic system for improved health.

What is the lymphatic system?
The lymphatic system is the primary system that supports the immune system; which helps us heal, recover and thrive. Surgery, injury, soft tissue hypertension and being sedentary cause a sluggish lymphatic system.
Therapeutic massage will boost a sluggish lymphatic system.
Lymphatic massage has different degrees of  speciality. We provide lymphatic massage for general immunity as well as post surgical and injury recovery.


The lymphatic vessels

“Within the vascular system, the lymphatic vessels (vasa lymphatica) serve to transport antibody cells and fluid. The lymph in the lymphatic vessels is a watery to milky body fluid transported through the body by the lymphatic system.
This fluid is produced when the small capillaries (capillaries) in the blood system emit blood plasma and white corpuscles (leucocytes) to the tissue. Here it is absorbed by the lymph capillaries and transported as lymph to the lymphatic vessels. In contrast to the blood plasma, the lymph contains less protein and oxygen and no red corpuscles (erythrocytes). It consists essentially of water (97 %) and the white blood corpuscles contained in it (3 %), above all lymphocytes (lymphocytus).
The lymph vessels transport the lymph and substances, which should not or cannot be in the blood. They do not constitute an enclosed system. The smallest lymphatic vessels, the lymph capillaries, start blind in the tissue. They join up to form the lymphatic vessels. The largest lymphatic vessel is the thoracic duct (ductus thoracicus), which is produced by the joining together of the lymphatic vessels from the lower extremities and the abdomen.

The thoracic duct finally opens out into the left vein angle, where the left jugular vein and the left arm vein come together. The inside of the lymphatic vessels is covered with a thin, non-striated muscle wall. The lymph is moved by contraction of the muscles. Seen from the outside, the lymphatic vessels are constricted at intervals to look like beads on a chain. The constrictions consist of the attachment of semilunar valves, similar to the vein valves. These prevent the reflux of lymph.
The lymph tracts are interrupted by lymph nodes (nodi lymohatici). They interrupt the progress of the lymph tracts, with several small lymph vessels entering the nodes but only one large vessel leaving them. They occur in groups at various parts of the body, such as axillae or neck. The task of the lymph nodes is to control the lymph transported to it. Every lymph node is only a few millimeters in diameter. It consists of lymphatic tissue enclosed in a covering of connective tissue. Walls protrude from the connective tissue into the node and divide it into several chambers, called connective tissue septa.
The tissue inside the lymph node accommodates the so-called phagocytes (macrophagi) and lymphocytes (lymphocytus). When lymph is transported from the lymphatic vessel into the lymph node and its tissue, any foreign bodies found in the fluid, e.g. bacteria or undissolved substances, are destroyed by the phagocytes. The phagocytes also stimulate the lymphocates to produce antibodies against the substances found in the fluid. These are then emitted through the excretory duct into the lymphatic vessels and thus in turn to the other lymph nodes.”
Text Taken From3dAnatomical Atlas

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