Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which was originally developed by Danish Drs Emil Vodder and Estrid Vodder in the 1930’s. Drs Vodder first employed MLD to help patients with in the treatment of chronic sinusitis and other immune system problems. It was noted that these patients often had swollen lymph nodes. The Vodders created this technique to facilitate drainage of the patient’s lymphatic system and hence promote healing of their chronic health issues.
MLD uses special rhythmic movements that are very gentle to help stimulate the natural drainage of lymph from the interstitial spaces in the tissue of your body. Under normal conditions, your lymphatic system is dependent on the movement of your skeletal muscles and minute contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of your lymph vessels (peristalsis) to circulate lymphatic fluid throughout your body. This normal circulation allows the lymphatic fluid to travel from your interstitial spaces back to your blood vessels to be recycled over and over.
However when there is injury or illness, your lymphatic flow can be compromised and your lymph can build up in your tissues. This can be a very painful condition which also impairs your normal healing processes.
If you have recently undergone liposuction treatment you are most likely suffering the conseuences of impaired lymphatic drainage. This can manifest as painful, hard, unsightly lumps under your skin in areas adjacent to your liposuction treatment. Fortunately, properly applied Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) can clear up these lesions quickly and permanently. In parts of Europe and South America, MLD is routinely used in the post operative phase of liposuction treatment for this purpose.
Although MLD has a long and successful track record for treating post liposuction lymphedema, it is very rarely employed in the United States for this purpose. If you have recently had a liposuction treatment or are planning to do liposuction, you owe it to yourself to do MLD treatments in your post operative recovery phase.