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Hatzy Joyce, MAR, MLDUK, BFRP
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Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) Vodder Method

MLD is designed to improve the function of the lymphatic system. This is achieved through extremely gentle, rhythmical, pumping movements of the skin (not the muscles) that stimulate the contractions of the lymphatic vessels, which in turn speed up the removal of fluids and toxins from the area worked on. MLD also has an ultra-relaxing effect on the nervous system. A healthy lymphatic system plays an important role in the body's immune system. The Danish therapist, Dr Emil Vodder, developed this technique in the 1930s, which has since become a popular treatment in hospitals and spas in Europe.

This decongestive therapy benefits the following conditions:

Acne
Burns & wounds
Leg Ulcers
Lymphoedema
Lipoedema

Truncal Oedema
Scar tissue appearance
Fluid Retention
Arthritis
Bell's Palsy
Inflammation
Insomnia
Migraine
Sinusitis
Stress
Tinnitus

Treatment

No oils are used. The skin is stretched in the direction of lymphatic flow with an ultra light pressure of fingers and palm of hands. During your first visit a course of treatments is discussed, which may be 3-5 times a week to start, or simply once weekly depending on your condition and what needs to be addressed. Sessions can vary from between 45 and 90 minutes.

Specialized treatments for lymphoedema and lipoedema are also available.

Intensive Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) sessions, comprising of daily sessions of MLD combined with bandaging of 2-3 week duration is offered in the cooler months (November to February) in Cyprus.

MLD enhances any detoxification programmes.