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Manual lymphatic drainage
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which
is intended by proponents to encourage the natural circulation of the
lymph through the body. The lymph system depends on intrinsic
contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels
(peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph
through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes
to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system.
Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than
9 ounces per square inch) and rhythmic circular movements to
stimulate lymph flow.
the 1930s for the treatment of chronic sinusitis and other immune
disorders. While working on the French Riviera treating patients
with chronic colds, Dr Emil Vodder and his wife Dr. Estrid Vodder
noticed these patients had swollen lymph nodes. In the 1930s it was
considered taboo to tamper with the lymphatic system due to the
medical profession's poor understanding of this system. The Vodders
were not deterred by this, and in 1932 began to study the lymph
system, and developed careful hand movements to cause lymph
movement. In 1936 after four years of research they introduced
this technique in Paris France.
Therapists can today receive certification through special classes
conducted by various organizations specializing in MLD. Scientific
studies show mixed results regarding the efficacy of the method in
treating lymphedema and further studies are needed. In several
unique studies on animals has MLDT (Manual lymphatic drainage
treatment) been shown to increase lymph uptake and thoracic duct
flow, but the same evidence has not yet been shown for
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