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Hunterhorn Centre of Therapeutic Massage

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) was developed by Dr. Emil Vodder and his wife, Estrid, in France in the 1930's.  Dr. Vodder noticed that a lot of the patients who came to see them with migraines, skin blemishes and sinusitis also had swollen lymph nodes in their necks.  Since he always regarded the body as a whole, he wondered if the congestion in the lymph nodes was released, if the other conditions would resolve.  Through his clinical experience and subsequent research, Dr. Vodder developed the superficial, large surface technique we know today as Manual Lymph Drainage.  Today, his advanced therapy is used world wide to treat over 60 conditions.

The Vodder Method of Manual Lymph Drainage combines 4 hand strokes which are performed by an advanced trained therapist in specially designed sequences that encourages the natural circulation of lymph through the lymphatic system.  MLD removes metabolic waste, excess fluids and toxins from the body, the treatment can support the immune system and speed up the recovery from surgery or trauma. It will also help break down tough scar tissue that may have formed.  In addition, Manual Lymph Drainage decreases pain and allows the Parasympathetic Nervous System to dominate so it can be used when areas may be too tender for more aggressive therapies.

Manual Lymph Drainage can be an effective treatment for:

• Headaches  • Venous Insufficiencies
• Concussions • Reynaud's Disease
• Acne • Diabetes
• Sunburn • Colds/Flu
• Eczema • Bronchitis
• Motor Vehicle Accident • Stress
• Asthma • Insomnia

and many more!!

There are a few instances where Manual Lymph Drainage should not be performed (contraindicated).  If you have malignant or metastatic disease, an acute inflammation due to bacteria or virus or you have a thrombosis that is at risk for an embolism, you should avoid MLD.  If you are unsure, speak to your Manual Lymph Drainage therapist.