Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) explained

What is MLD?

(From MLD Ireland)

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle but very specialised skin therapy, available from therapists trained specifically to treat lymph related conditions.

MLD Consists of very light, rhythmic and calming hand movements to stretch the skin and stimulate the lymphatic system system. The aim of MLD is to redirect the fluid away from the swollen areas towards the healthy lymphatics in unswollen areas where the fluid can be drained by normal routes back into the circulatory system.

It is particularly useful when swelling involves areas of the body where hosiery cannot be easily worn, e.g. armpits, genitals, head and neck. MLD also helps reduce hardness of the tissues (fibrosis), which can develop with Lymphoedema.

It is one aspect of Lymphoedema management and is used in combination with other components of treatment, such as skin care and multi-layer bandaging. It works best when used as part of a treatment programme and is not a “cure“ in itself.

“Lymph Drainage is a healthy, natural, painless and absolutely effective method which gives a new basis to live, health and beauty.” - Emil Vodder 1936