Manual Lymphatic Drainage is an advanced form of light skin massage that aims to stimulate the lymphatic system to remove congestion and stagnation from within the body. 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 by depressing the immune system.
Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Symptoms helped by MLD are a weakened immune system, chronic congestion, rheumatoid arthritis and the healing of wounds, burns, and scars. MLD is also often incorporated into the treatment and control of Lymphedema.