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What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

💡 Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle manual massage technique that has powerful effects on the body.

According to Dr. Vodder’s School of Lymphatic drainage,

“The skin is stretched and torqued in a specific manner, based on scientific, physiological principles that have proven to encourage lymph flow. If performed correctly with the correct pressure, direction and speed, this can greatly enhance recovery and facilitate drainage. It also has profound effects on systems in the body.”

Some of these effects are:

  • Decongestive effect: Any swelling of the body – except for cardiac (heart) and renal (kidney) oedema – can be successfully treated with Manual Lymphatic Drainage

  • Sympatholytic Effect: Manual Lymph Drainage is very soothing, and often puts people to sleep.

  • Analgesic effect: Any prolonged pain, such as pain generated by migraine, acute injuries, Sudeck’s disease, fibromyalgia, etc can be treated using lymph drainage.

  • Immunological effect: MLD helps accelerate the transportation of bacteria and allergens to the places where the body’s defense system is located (i.e. the lymph nodes) and where the increased rate of lymphatic drainage heightens the sensitization of lymphocytes and macrophages.

Manual Lymph Drainage can also be used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions such as:

  • Primary and Secondary Lymphedema

  • Venous insufficiency

  • Non-infected inflammatory conditions

  • Ulceration

  • Dermatological conditions

  • Circulatory disturbances

  • Sports injuries

  • CRPS (RSD)

  • Burns

  • Pre- and post- plastic surgery

Dr. Vodder’s teaching of MLD differs from other schools' training of lymphatic drainage.

The Dr. Vodder method is a gentle, non-invasive technique that gently restores the lymphatic system. This technique always begins with treatment of the lymph nodes and lymph vessels found at the neck and the junction of the large lymph channels in the venous arch on both sides of the body (connection of the jugular and subclavian veins). Dr. Vodder calls this “clearing the chain lymph nodes down to the terminus”.

It takes a lot more training and specialization than other methods to perfect Dr. Vodder’s method.

We have massage therapists that are trained in Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymphatic Drainage! Come see the effects for yourself by booking your appointment online with us at:


Dana Durand Licensed Massage Therapists

Call Us:

(301) 519-8044


Mon - Fri 9 am - 7 pm

Sat 9 am - 5 pm


Hands on Health

1125 Nelson St
Rockville, MD 20850

FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Center

12800 Middlebrook Rd. Suite 100 

Germantown, MD 20874

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