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MLD Manual Lymphatic Drainage
What is MLD Manual Lymphatic Drainage
MLD Manual Lymphatic Drainage is massage therapy that helps remove waste and toxins from the body.
The therapy dates back to the early 20th century from the work of Frederic Millard, a Canadian Osteopath, and Emil Vodder, a Danish Massage Therapist. Millard devised the term "lymphatic drainage" after developing an osteopathic technique which involved palpating the lymph glands in order to diagnose disease. Dr Emil Vodder and with Estrid developed hand techniques to further enhance Millard's work. In 1936 the Vodders launched their technique in Paris.
In the 1960s an extensive study of MLD was carried out on 20,000 by Dr Johannes Askonik, a German physician, which measured its efficiency.
How does MLD Manual Lymphatic Drainage work?
The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and glands that carry a fluid (lymph) which assists the body's defence system to fight infections. The glands act as filters for the lymph, removing toxins, bacteria and metabolic waste.
If the lymphatic system is not working effectively, a build up of toxins and fluid can occur, causing swelling, infection or disease.
By using specific hand movements, the therapist will help to move the lymph towards the glands where it can be filtered. This will then assist in ensuring the lymphatic system works more efficiently.
What does MLD Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment involve?
After taking medical history details, the therapist will carry out the massage. The massage will take place in a warm room to assist in the movement of the lymph.
Usually an appointment lasts up to an hour. Some people benefit from monthly sessions while others have weekly appointments. It depends on the condition that needs treating.
What can MLD Manual Lymphatic Drainage help?
Improve skin texture, help reduce scar tissue and stretch marks, assists the body in fighting infection, pain relief, migraines and lymphoedema.