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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) in North Devon.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) - Vodder Method is aspecialized massage treatment which uses slow, rhythmical circular and pumping movements to gently move the skin over the underlying tissues.  The muscles of the lymphatic system are stimulated which aids the removal of waste and excess fluid from tissues.  The technique is pain free and for each person the effect is unique, though most find it extremely relaxing.

How may MLD help you?

MLD is both preventative and remedial and can enhance your well-being.  It helps reduce feelings of stress and can induce a deep state of relaxation; promotes the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains and lessens pain.  Can support clients with many chronic conditions such as sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis, acne and other skin conditions.  It may support the immune system.  Relieve fluid congestion: swollen ankles, tired eyes and swollen legs due to pregnancy.  Promotes the healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars.  Is often used in conjunction with ‘detox’ programmes. Can be used to speed healing after cosmetic surgery (surgeons often refer for this reason).  It is an effective component of the treatment and management of lymphoedema (which may occur after cancer treatment) and assists in conditions arising from venous insufficiency.  Please see www.MLDUK.org for more information

Combined Decongestive Therapy

Used primarily in the treatment of lymphoedema and venous insufficiency oedema (swelling).  It combines MLD with compression bandaging and garments, exercises and skin care.  This treatment is undertaken in the full knowledge of your medical practitioner.  However, the NHS usually provides this service and I will always refer you to your local service or doctor in the first instance, if you do not already know about this.

What is Lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is swelling that occurs as a result of an impaired lymphatic system.  It may be as a result of the impaired development of, for example, lymphatic vessels (known as Primary Lymphoedema) or through damage or trauma, for example, surgery (known as Secondary Lymphoedema).  Please visit  www.lhymphoedema.org and go to Living with Lymphoedema to check on more details about this condition.