Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Complex Physical Decongestive Therapy (CPDT) have been successfully used in Europe for decades in the treatment of primary and secondary lymphedema. Lymphedema is a protein rich swelling of the limbs that can be very uncomfortable.
Dr Voter and his wife, Estred, developed manual Lymph Drainage in Europe in the 1930s. At that time, lymph nodes were frequently removed because they were considered to be malfunctioning when swollen. Removal further compromises the body’s ability to fend off infections. Today we acknowledge the importance of the lymph system – to remove, clean and store waste products and toxins in the body
Since there are contra-indications and precautions to observe when treating lymphedema, it is advisable that you find a certified MLD therapist. MLD should always be applied with a very light skin technique by a trained individual who is mindful of the flow of lymph into the specific lymph nodes. MLD has also proven beneficial for treatment of allergies, skin problems-acne, scar tissue – fibromyalgia, and other conditions ranging from stress-related disorders to autoimmune reactions.
Sources: Maya Haase, NCMBT, DTT, Boulder CO; and Carrie Ann Wiedemann, LMT, MLD/CPDT, Metairie LA.
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