Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD), General Surgical and Other Therapeutic Benefits


What guides an individual in selecting a skilled surgeon?

  • Physician surgical stats

  • Referrals from other patients

  • Utilization of current methods

  • Patient attention

  • Practices to improve results and reduce recovery time

Reducing Recovery Time from Surgery

  • Appropriate supplemental recommendations

  • MLD to reduce swelling, speed recovery and improve immune response

  • Therapies to restore tissue mobility and reduce scarring

MLD is proven to be effective for all surgery patients and provides optimal benefits when incorporated into your patient’s pre and post surgical regimens.

  • Increased production of lymphocytes

  • Reduced post operative risks

  • Reduced need for heavy pain medication due to parasympathetic response

  • Improved appearance of skin grafts and improved tissue mobility

  • Reduced contour irregularities associated with lipo procedures and tummy tucks

  • Quicker return to normal life.

Pre-operatively:  Between one or two treatments prior to surgery are recommended.  Ideally, your patient receives the final pre-op treatment the day before surgery. The resulting increase in lymphatic transport volume facilitates re-absorption of excess protein molecules, cellular debris, and waste products that may have accumulated in the interstitial spaces of your patient’s dermis due to fatigue, stress, infections, medications, alcohol consumption, smoking, lack of physical activity, or age. 

By reducing the presence of large, hydrophilic protein molecules, and potential sources of inflammation, your patients experience less post-surgical swelling and reduce the risk of infection.

Post-operatively: Three to eight treatments are recommended, starting as soon as 24-hours after surgery. Surgical trauma results in the release of hormones which depresses the function of the lymphatic system.
By reducing the time it takes to heal, the postoperative risks of surgery are reduced; your patients are thrilled, and you reap the benefits.

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) as developed by Emil and Estrid Vodder in 1936. In 1967 researched was facilitated on 20,000 patients and the findings were published by Johannes Asdonkis. Indications and contraindications were established based on this work. Manual Lymphatic Drainage is currently a standard practice of care in Europe.

MLD, namely the Vodder Technique, incorporates distinctive manual processes that utilize both a pressure and relaxation phase to redirect accumulated lymph to the nodes. If blockage is present due to surgical incisions and / or inadvertent removal of nodes during liposuction, the lymph is manually rerouted through the nearest anastamoses and towards uncompromised lymph nodes.

The movement gently stretches the skin to stimulate the natural peristalsis of the lymphatic collectors, while the slow rhythm functions to engage the parasympathetic nervous system. The resulting increase in lymph flow stimulates the production of lymphocytes increasing the body’s immune response.

Benefits of postoperative MLD treatments include:

  • Reduce secondary edema and bruising.

  • Prevent connective tissue adhesions and contour irregularities

  • Enhanced regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles

  • Reduced scarring and may prevent formation of keloids

  • Reduced risk of bacterial infection due to high protein concentration.

  • Stimulate immune response

  • Reduced pain and spasm by activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS)

  • Stimulates regeneration of lymphatic pathways.

  • Promote “normal” range of motion

  • Speed removal of medication and histamines

  • Counteract the effect of immobilization in bed 

In addition, MLD has been shown to improve symptoms related to:

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Lymphodema

  • Cellulite

  • Tinnitus

  • Sinus and Migraine Headaches

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Scleroderma  

  • Fibrocystic breast disease

  • Follow-up care after Deep Tissue Massage

  • Pain control

  • Pallative Care

  • Detoxification/Enhancement of Immune Function

  • Accelerated healing of sprains, torn ligaments, and broken bones.

Today lymph drainage therapy is employed as standard scientific practice throughout Europe and continues to gain recognition in the United States.