Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)

(Dr Vodder Original method) MLDphotosidebar


Manual Lymph Drainage is an advanced therapy technique developed in Europe by Dr. Emil and Estrid Vodder.

In 1832, Dr. Vodder and his wife were working as masseurs on the French Riviera.  Most of their patients were vacationing English who were there to recover from chronic colds.  All had swollen lymph nodes.  At that time, the lymphatic system was taboo for masseurs, as well as, for physicians. Dr. Vodder broke the taboo and treated the swollen lymph nodes intuitively and successfully; the result:  the colds vanished.  He went on to develop MLD.


MLD is recognized as the number one therapy for treating and maintaining primary and secondary Lymphoedema.  Additionally, it has been used in the treatment of over sixty lesser pathologies.

It is effective in the treatment of acute and chronic oedema (i.e., Lymphoedema, oedema’s following strokes and local oedema’s of traumatic origin such as  dislocations, tears and fractures, neuromuscular disorders and fascial dysfunction, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, scleroderma, burns, scar therapy,  acne, local chronic inflammation in the respiratory tract (including sinusitis and allergies), periodontal disease, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraine,  circulatory disturbances and digestive tract disorders.

Other Indications

MLD is a potent adjunct in cleansing the body’s tissues of metabolic wastes, excess water, bacteria, large protein molecules and toxins; this includes long term use medications, aesthesia in post-surgery recovery, and harmful or poisonous substances that have entered the body through exposure or ingestion. Scientific studies have proven that the immune system is supported and even boosted as a result of receiving regular MLD treatments.  A sluggish lymphatic system increases the chance of chronic illness and disease.

MLD is very effective in countering the body’s natural inflammatory response following soft tissue trauma.  These include sprains, fractures, orthopaedic surgeries and replacements, and orthodontal surgery.  As a basic rule, the less swelling that occurs, the less bruising and pain will subsequently follow.  If received in a timely manner, MLD can dramatically shorten the route to recovery.

Lymph drainage is gentle, rhythmical, and soothes the nervous system.