manual lymph drainage

Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique)

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD®) is a hands-on method used to help reduce swelling caused by lymphedema. MLD is not massage. It is a superficial, gentle technique that is applied methodically and customized to the patient’s needs. MLD stimulates the network of lymphatic vessels and structures which lie just beneath the skin in order to move pooled fluid to healthy lymph nodes for reabsorption.

What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a swelling that occurs when a person has a compromised lymphatic system. It can occur after a surgery, particularly one in which lymph nodes were removed from the body, after other traumas to the body, and in rare cases lymphedema is genetic. There are degrees of severity which will dictate the plan of care.

The lymphatic system is an important part of the immune system, comprised of a network of vessels and nodes that all work together to collect proteins and water from the interstitial spaces and move that fluid (called lymph) through the body in specific pathways to be reabsorbed into the circulatory system. The lymphatic system has been dubbed the “garbage collector” of the body.

Can I receive MLD if I don’t have lymphedema?
Absolutely! It is a very relaxing technique, and can help boost your immune system. It can be useful for chronic headaches, sinus pain, mild swelling from surgery or venous insufficiency, muscle tension, stress and anxiety.

Am I a candidate for Manual Lymph Drainage?
If you think you may have lymphedema, always consult with your doctor first for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Free, 30-minute consultations are available to assess your condition and for guidance on whether MLD would be a helpful addition to your health.

MLD Pricing
At Mettler Center, we have a Certified Lymphedema Therapist on staff, offering manual lymph drainage on a cash pay basis. Mettler members and physical therapy patients receive 10% off.

45-minute session: $75
60-minute session: $90
90-minute session: $130

Get Started

Please fill out the Manual Lymph Drainage Inquiry form and/or call (217) 356-6543 to schedule a consultation with Jami Taylor, CLT.

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