Position Statement of the National Lymphedema Network

TOPIC: The Diagnosis And Treatment Of Lymphedema

Introduction: Lymphedema is caused by an abnormality of the lymphatic system leading to excessive build up of tissue fluid that forms lymph, known as interstitial fluid. Stagnant lymph fluid contains protein and cell debris that causes swelling of affected tissues. Lymph is responsible for transporting essential immune chemicals

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The Science behind Manual Lymph Drainage in the Treatment of Lymphedema

Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a gentle manual treatment technique based on four basic strokes, which were initially developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Emil Vodder, a PhD from Denmark. These basic strokes known as the “stationary circle”, “pump”, rotary” and “scoop” techniques are designed to manipulate lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels with the goal of increasing their activity and promote the flow of lymph.Movement of Lymph Fluid in Lymph VesselsThe common denominator of all strokes is the resting and working phase. In the working phase of the stroke lymphatic 

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