Human and equine manual lymphatic drainage

What is MLD?

MLD was developed by Dr Emil Vodder in the 1930’s after extensive research into the workings of the lymphatic system. This advanced therapy works by the therapist stretching the skin lightly in two directions, followed by a ‘zero phase’ of almost no pressure. The therapist uses a slow, rhythmical pumping movement as this stimulates the initial lymph vessels lying just under the surface of the skin. The technique uses set sequences designed to move fluid in the direction of the lymphatic pathways and drain according to lymphatic “bundles” – or areas of the lymphatic system that work together as a unit and drain to the same place. This in turn leads to the absorption of excess fluid and waste products whilst not increasing blood flow to the area.