Manual Lymph Drainage Q&A

1.  What is Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)?

MLD was developed in the 1930's by Dr. Emil and Estrid Vodder.  Manual Lymph Drainage is a safe and effective way to insure your lymph system is not congested. It is a gentle approach to cleansing the body's tissue. MLD is used to detoxify and drain excess fluid from the body. It is also used to help your immune system to work at its peek.

2.  Why is working with the lymphatic system important to me?

When the lymph system is congested and not working to its full potential it can cause problems. The lymphatic system is responsible for getting rid of excess water, toxins, cell debris,  bacteria and foreign substances from the tissue. If you do not get rid of these things it can cause inflammation or make you get sick. Inflammation can cause problem in the body, one being chronic pain. Having a lymph system working correctly helps you have a feeling of well being.

3.  What are the benefits of MLD?

MLD through its gentle, rhythmical precise hand movements, alleviate pain by greatly reducing the pain signals sent to the brain.

MLD helps to relieve stress by calming the sympathetic nervous system.

MLD supports and enhances the immune system.

MLD helps promote a quicker healing response after injury, surgery, chronic conditions, and edema.

4.  How does MLD feel?

It is a very gentle, rhythmic, and relaxing touch. You should not feel pain or discomfort in a session. Most clients find it very relaxing and fall asleep during treatment.

5.  How often will I need to get Manual Lymph Drainage? 

If you are in pain Manual Lymph Drainage should be performed more often. Depending on the pain it can be a couple times a week to once every couple of weeks.  If you are getting Manual Lymph Drainage to keep your body decongestive and to keep your immune system working at its peak you generally need to get this work once a month. If you are seeking Manual Lymph Drainage for an injury or post surgical we will discuse a treatment plan on your first visit.

6.  What are specific things MLD can help with?




Post-surgical swelling and bruising

Pre-surgery preparation

Pre/post cosmetic surgery

Pre/post orthopedic surgery






Muscle/ligament tears



Neck pain/ whiplash

Chronic pain

Tension and migraine headaches

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Stress reduction


Chronic fatigue

6.  What if anything contraindicates this treatment?

Active cancer

Acute infection with fever

Congestive Heart Failure

Blood Clots