Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle form of skin massage designed to enhance and improve lymphatic performance.
A range of slow, gentle, repetitive, hand movements rotate spirally into and out of the skin stimulating the delicate lymph vessels.
The technique is profoundly relaxing yet powerful in helping to improve lymphatic flow and maintain tissue viability.
The Vodder method of MLD was developed by Dr Emil Vodder and his wife Estrid in the 1930's.
Their life's devotion to physical therapy centred on the lymphatic system.
Through research, lectures and tutoring they raised the profile of lymphatics scientifically.
Through their understanding of the lymphatic system and therapeutic practice they developed and refined a gentle massage technique that significantly relieves the adverse symptoms of fluid retention and tissue congestion.
Fluoroscopy Guided technique
FG-Guided MLD is:
A recently new technique developed through the research of Professor JD Belgrado and taught to those trained in MLD DLT of differing MLD schools by the lymphoedema Academy led by Jane Wigg.
The new Hand Movements developed by Professor Belgrado show them to be the most efficient for draining fluid, which can visually be demonstrated under fluoroscopy imaging in real time..