The Origins of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

The Origins of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

The Manual Lymphatic Drainage technique was developed by Emil Vodder, PhD and his wife Estrid Vodder, ND in the 1930s.

Vodder Studied Biology and various Biological topics in both Copenhagen and Paris. His PhD was awarded to him by Brussels University for his thesis on Historical Art.

It was in Paris that he and his wife dedicated their time to human anatomy and physiology and the study of the Lymphatic System.

Inspired by copper drawings within an anatomical atlas, drawn by the anatomist Sappey, Vodder created an entirely new manual technique that included pumping, circling movements and light pressure.

In 1936 Vodder revealed ‘Manual Lymphatic Drainage according to Dr Vodder’ during a congress in Paris.

Since then, MLD has been developed and utilised almost worldwide.

Lymphatic Drainage - Woolpit ComplementaryThe benefits of MLD are evident for a wide variety of issues and it has only been until relatively recent times that it has been appreciated for more than that of it’s aid in Lymphoedema.

The Lymphatic System is arguably one of the lesser known systems of the body. It present throughout most of the body and is designed to transport lymph and remove metabolic waste. It’s also important for the balance of tissue fluid, the immune system and for facilitating absorption of fatty substances from the digestive system.

This month we’re looking at how MLD is ulitised within our practice as well as the latest research that supports the use of MLD in various other healthcare settings.

If you’d like to know more about MLD or to speak to a practitioner, call us in confidence on 01359 408 011. Free consultations are provided if required and MLD is generally available throughout the week here with Tracey Nunn. 



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