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Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) - History & Benefits


Developed by Dr. Vodder in the 1930s, Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is an advanced therapy that stimulates and improves the body's lymphatic system, improves metabolism, helps the body to eliminate waste and toxins, and provides a boost to the immune system.

A range of specific movements are used to gently pump and stretch the skin, which stimulates the contraction of the lymphatic vessels. This leads to excess fluid known as lymph, being removed from the body's tissues. The fluid is passed through lymph nodes, where it is cleansed of bacteria, dead cells and other waste products and then filtered out by the kidneys. When the lymphatic system becomes blocked, fluid builds up and stagnates, causing the entire system to become toxic, making us feel sluggish and more susceptible to disease.

Benefits of MLD

Stimulating a sluggish immune system will encourage it to work more efficiently, clearing blockages and eliminating toxins. Clean lymph is then returned to the blood circulatory system.

MLD promotes the healing of wounds and alleviates fluid build-up, helps to improve the immune system to help it fight illness, and aims to restore fluid balance in venous oedema and Primary &  Secondary Lymphoedema, and lipoedema.

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) has gained full medical acceptance in Ireland as a component in the treatment and control of lymphoedema.

Finding a Therapist

MLD is a specialised treatment, so it is important that a properly trained therapist is used. To find an accredited MLD practitioner near you, visit the MLD Ireland website at www.mldireland. MLD Ireland members are qualified, insured, and up-to-date in their education and practice.


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