Manual Lymph Drainage Definition
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD): Manual Lymph Drainage is an advanced form of massage that aims to stimulate the lymphatic system to remove congestion and stagnation from within the body, and so help it return to a healthy condition. MLD was originated by Dr. Emil Vodder in the early 1900's. MLD therapy utilizes gentle massage strokes that remove blockages and promotes proper lymph flow. This is important because it is the primary function of the lymph system to defend the body against disease by cleansing, detoxifying and nourishing the body's tissues. Thus, when the lymph system is blocked, toxins and plasma may accumulate causing interference with cell nourishment and depressing the immune system. Symptoms that are said to respond well to MLD are a weakened immune system, chronic congestion (sinus etc), rheumatoid arthritis and the healing of wounds, burns and scars. MLD is also often incorporated into the treatment and control of Lymphoedema.
In 1936 the Beauty and Health Exhibition in Paris began writing about a "revolution in skin therapy" in their newspaper. LAter in 1967 the Society for Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage was established. In 1972 MLD was recognized by the national health insurance schemes. Today there is a biannual congress of the Society for Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage.