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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