Manual Lymph Drainage

Written by Zachary Zerries
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Manual lymph drainage is a technique that was developed in the mid 1800s to help individuals afflicted with swelling of the limbs due to an excess of protein, a condition that's commonly referred to as lymphedema. It's evolved over the years, but the basic principles of this treatment remain the same. It's also proven to be the single most effective, non-invasive method of treating lymphedema.

Basic Information on Manual Lymph Drainage

Manual lymph drainage was developed and coined by Dr. Vodder, a Danish doctor who practiced his trade in France during the 1930s. Having done extensive research into the flow of the lymph vessel system, Dr. Vodder was able to pinpoint the manner in which particular bodily manipulations opened up previously blocked lymph flow. Prior to his discoveries, many doctors were still removing infected lymph nodes, a process we now know is quite dangerous.

Manual lymph drainage consists of a massage in which a therapist rhythmically stretches and manipulates infected areas of the body. The movements performed by the therapist are meant to both open up blocked passages and/or redirect lymph flow to properly functioning vessels. After the actual massage, patients should experience a significant reduction in swelling.

Manual lymph drainage should only be performed by certified individuals as a person without proper training could do serious harm to the patient. Most patients who seek manual lymph drainage are already suffering from immense pain and discomfort. Improper treatment could not only intensify their discomfort, but it could also lead to serious complications.

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