Welwyn Hatfield Therapists


Manual Lymphatic Drainage

A way of boosting your lymphatic drainage to help your body rid itself of fluid and toxins while boosting the supply of white blood cells.  It's based on the Vodder technique, developed in Austria in the 1930's, when the first links were made between the lymphatic system and immune response.  Today the technique can kick a sluggish immune system into gear to make up for the modern lifestyle that stresses it.


A range of specialised and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques are used to move the skin in the direction of the lymph flow.  This stimulates the lymphatic vessels which carry substances vital to the defence of the body and removes waste products.  The rhythmical strokes of feather-light fingertip movements induce a feeling of floating in a lagoon.  The relaxation comes about because the massage affects the nervous system and induces the 'night-time' state we use when we are asleep.


In the UK, MLD is becominng accepted as an important component in the treatment and maintenance of lymphoedema and is gaining acceptance for the treatment of some skin conditions.  When required your therapist will work in conjunction with your medical practitioner and other healthcare professionals.


MLD therapists who have trained in Combined Decongestive Therapy are qualified to treat pathologies such as lymphoedema (primary and secondary) and venous insufficiency.  CDT combines MLD, multi-layered compression bandaging, skin care, exercises and advice or provision of compression hosiery.


The Benefits

*   recommended for anyone with ME, fluid retention, glandular fever or gynaecological problems.

*  an effective beauty treatment

*  helps relaxation, and increases feelings of well-being

*  helps wounds to heal, can reduce scar tissue

*  an excellent adjunct to reducing cellulite

*  can improve many chronic conditions:  sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, acne and other skin conditions – such as burns, and effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy

*  is an effective component of the treatment and control of lymphoedema and assists in conditions arising from venous insufficiency.

(Not advisable for anyone with heart problems or a history of TB)



Janet Flowers


Mary Goodfellow