NewLeaf Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a highly specialised form of massage. The massage uses light, rhythmical, very precise hand movements, pressures and sequences. MLD works at a skin level to influence the direction and speed of lymphatic flow, re-directing if necessary. A treatment commences at the neck to clear the area and ‘make space’ for lymph to be brought there. The next part of the sequence will depend entirely on why MLD is being performed and the particular needs of the individual.
The History of Manual Lymph Drainage
During the early 1930’s Dr. Emil Vodder created a unique range of movements which brought relief from chronic conditions such as sinus congestion and catarrh. Since Dr. Vodder’s pioneering work, MLD has spread worldwide and has become a popular treatment in many European hospitals and clinics. It is now gained acceptance worldwide as a component in the treatment and control of lymphoedema.
MLD is both preventative and remedial and can enhance well being as well as;
Improve many chronic conditions such as; sinusitus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, acne and other skin conditions.
• Used in treatment of venous oedema
• Has successfully been used to aid the healing of leg ulcers
• A key element in the treatment of Secondary and Primary Lymphoedema
• Promote the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains and lessens pain
• May strengthen the immune system as part of “detox” treatment
• Be deeply relaxing
• Relieves fluid congestion: swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs due to pregnancy
• Promotes healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars
• Minimises or reduces stretch marks
• Can be used pre and post operatively to speed healing after cosmetic surgery
The in-depth MLD massage therapy training I have undergone, ensures all MLD techniques are of the highest standards, taught at the Dr Vodder Academy and supported by the MLD UK.