Understanding the Science Behind Manual Lymph Drainage

Manual Lymph Drainage is a form of bodywork that has been used for nearly a century. It has been shown to help many different types of people, and there are many benefits to its use. But are there any specific audiences that it benefits the most? Which side effects can it be used to treat? In order to understand if Manual Lymph Drainage is right for you, start by learning the science and history behind this type of bodywork.

The History of Manual Lymph Drainage

If you haven’t heard of Manual Lymph Drainage before, it could seem intimidating. But this technique has been around since the 1930’s. It was originally developed by Danish physiotherapists Estrid and Emil Vodder. Their research focused on treating chronic sinusitis and other immune disorders. The Vodders discovered that many of their patients who suffered from chronic colds also had swollen lymph nodes in their necks. They found that light, rhythmic massage was useful in decongesting their patients and decreasing swelling. Upon experiencing this success, the Vodders began conducting research and eventually introduced this technique to the public.

How Does Manual Lymph Drainage Work?

This type of bodywork uses gentle pressure on the skin to encourage the movement of lymph fluid through the lymphatic organs and vessels of the body. This noninvasive technique stimulates the lymphatic system – the body’s natural method of removing extra fluids and toxins from tissues to restore balance. Using MLD routinely as a part of your wellness routine can help prevent the buildup of fluids that can exacerbate swelling and other complications.

Who is Manual Lymph Drainage for?

In order to understand if MLD is right for you, start by asking yourself a few questions:

  • Am I experiencing swelling?
  • Am I suffering from chronic pain?
  • Do I have edema due to illness or medical treatments I have undergone?
  • Have I recently had surgery? Has it induced swelling in specific areas of my body?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then Manual Lymph Drainage could be beneficial to you! Contact us with any questions or to discuss your individual needs. Email us today at [email protected] to learn more and to book your appointment.