Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD), General Surgical and Other Therapeutic Benefits


Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD), Surgical Recovery 
MLD is proven to be effective for all surgery patients and provides optimal benefits when incorporated into your patient’s pre and post-surgical regimens.

MLD to reduce swelling, edema, bruising, and improve immune response
Increased production of lymphocytes
Reduced risk of bacterial infection due to high protein concentration.
Reduced pain and spasm by activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS)
Improved appearance of skin grafts and improved tissue mobility
Enhanced regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles
Reduced scarring and may prevent formation of keloids
Reduced contour irregularities associated with lipo procedures and tummy tucks
Stimulates regeneration of lymphatic pathways.
Promotes “normal” range of motion
Speeds removal of medication and histamines
Quicker return to normal life
Also… Appropriate supplemental recommendations

Pre-operatively:  Between one or two treatments prior to surgery are recommended.  Ideally, your patient receives the final pre-op treatment the day before surgery. The resulting increase in lymphatic transport volume facilitates re-absorption of excess protein molecules, cellular debris, and waste products that may have accumulated in the interstitial spaces of your patient’s dermis due to fatigue, stress, infections, medications, alcohol consumption, smoking, lack of physical activity, or age.  By reducing the presence of large, hydrophilic protein molecules, and potential sources of inflammation, your patients experience less post-surgical swelling and reduce the risk of infection.

Post-operatively: Three to eight treatments are recommended, starting as soon as 24-hours after surgery. Surgical trauma results in the release of hormones which depresses the function of the lymphatic system.
By reducing the time it takes to heal, the postoperative risks of surgery are reduced; your patients are thrilled, and you reap the benefits.

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) as developed by Emil and Estrid Vodder in 1936. In 1967 researched was facilitated on 20,000 patients and the findings were published by Johannes Asdonkis. Indications and contraindications were established based on this work. Manual Lymphatic Drainage is currently a standard practice of care in Europe. MLD, namely the Vodder Technique, incorporates distinctive manual processes that utilize both a pressure and relaxation phase to redirect accumulated lymph to the nodes. If blockage is present due to surgical incisions and/or inadvertent removal of nodes during liposuction, the lymph is manually rerouted through the nearest anastomoses and towards uncompromised lymph nodes. The movement gently stretches the skin to stimulate the natural peristalsis of the lymphatic collectors, while the slow rhythm functions to engage the parasympathetic nervous system. The resulting increase in lymph flow stimulates the production of lymphocytes increasing the body’s immune response.

Other Therapeutic Benefits:
Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue
Auto-Immune, inc. Rheumatoid Arthritis
Lymphedema & Cellulite
Fibrocystic breast disease
Tinnitus, Sinus, & Migraine Headaches
Pain control
Palliative Care
Detoxification/Enhancement of Immune Function
Accelerated healing of sprains, torn ligaments, and broken bones.

Today lymph drainage therapy is employed as standard scientific practice throughout Europe and continues to gain recognition in the United States.