What is MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage)?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a form of manual therapy that stimulates the lymphatic system with gentle skin stretching strokes in the direction of your internal drains. The light rhythmical therapy encourages the lymphatic system to remove hard lymph cells (metabolic waste products, excess fluid and bacteria). The technique was invented by Dr Emil and Mrs. Estrid Vodder in the early 1930s.

The effects of Manual Lymph Drainage are numerous and include benefits to the nervous, digestive, immune and cardiovascular systems. MLD is a great addition to other detox measures, as it encourages fluid flow in the connective tissues repetitively once boosted.

The lymphatic system does not have a pump and is composed of lymph vessels, lymph nodes, and organs. This system relies on our skeletal muscle movement and manual therapy to keep it’s flow. Part of the body’s defense system, the lymph nodes remove microorganisms and other foreign substances. They act as a filtration system that keeps particulate matter, such as the bad bacteria, from entering the bloodstream.


Lymphatic massage preformed by a certified lymphatic therapist has been known to be quite helpful with conditions such as:

  • IBS
  • constipation
  • abdominal discomfort
  • swelling in limbs (lymphedema)

Main reasons for targeted MLD is to remove the hardening that takes place immediately after the surgery

  • general surgery
  • liposuction
  • plastic surgeries

Cancer patients whom have had surgery to remove tumors, infected cells, lymph nodes, and organs are recommended for lymphatic care immediately after the removal.

The lymphatic system has a vital role in the body by regulating the immune system, which protects the body against infection. It transports nutrients to cells and eliminates metabolic wastes, toxins and excess fluids from the body. Manual lymphatic drainage is also a very effective way of detoxing the body plus stimulating vital immune defenses. This is a powerful, deep cleansing treatment.” Explains David Goddard, ND

Want to review the latest research? Follow this link to our national partner, Lymphatic Education and Research Network

Other benefits of lymphatic massage include:

    • Clearing areas of congestion such as swollen ankles, puffy eyes and swollen legs
    • Weight management and cellulite reduction
    • Cancer prevention method
    • Promotion of scar tissue healing, torn ligaments and sprains.
    • Post-operative healing
    • Deep relaxation and sedation of the nervous system


To learn more, contact us or reach a certified lymph therapist: 561-206-4270