Whole Body Therapeutic Center

The Healing Power of a Gentle Touch

Whole Body Therapeutic Center

Manual Lymph Drainage

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Complete Decongestive Therapy – The goal of MLD is to mobilize the congested tissue fluid, reduce the proliferation of connective tissue and fat to achieve freedom from symptoms, such as swelling and pain. Disorders of lymph flow often leads to serious diseases. The most frequent of these is lymphedema, which affects mainly the extremities. MLD was developed by Dr. Vodder, PHD, of Copenhagen, Denmark in the 1930's.

MLD is a type of gentle massage which encourages the natural circulation of the lymph through the body. MLD is a manual hands on therapy of gentle techniques which enhances the natural flow of the lymphatic fluid throughout the body. MLD uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.

How does it benefit me?

MLD can also be utilized pre and post operative including plastic surgery, mastectomy, breast enhancement, removal of lymph nodes and most any surgery. Pre-op benefits patients by cleansing the lymphatic system and improving the movement of fluids, stimulates nerves for preparation for self-healing, helps calm and reduce pre-surgical anxiety. Post-op benefits patients by helping the body to increase healing utilizing a more efficient lymphatic system. Improved fluid movement promotes cleansing of the blood, reduces bruising, swelling, scarring, and helps restore nerve ending for a quick recovery.

MLD can be used for many fluid restrictions in the body such as:

What can I expect?

Our therapists use their fingers in a light, feathery massage to redirect the flow of lymphatic fluid in the specific areas of the body. Our therapists employ precise rhythm, pressures, and direction of massage to clear stagnant fluid from lymph nodes. Activating fluid flow in blocked nodes might detoxify the body to improve health.

This therapy is extremely relaxing. Our therapist uses a light, rythmical, spiral-like movements to accelerate the movement of lymphatic fluids in the body.

How many sessions does it take?

Each person's situation is different, the number of visits will vary.

How long is a session?

A session can be from 1 hour to 2 hours long depending on your needs.


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