Lucy is certified as a Dr. Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapist. She has additional certifications in:
- Elastic Sports taping for lymph management and lymphedema
- SASTM (Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization).
She will assess each client and determine the best treatment plan. In addition, Lucy is an ADP authorizer and a member of the Lymphedema Association of Ontario.
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
Developed in France in 1932 by Emil and Estrid Vodder MLD has grown to be the most well known manual technique and considered to be the “Gold Standard” to assist lymph flow and aid in drainage of tissues.The skin is stretched and torqued in a specific manner, based on scientific, physiological principles that have proven to encourage lymph flow. If performed correctly with the correct pressure, direction and speed, this can greatly enhance recovery and facilitate drainage. It also has profound effects on systems in the body. The aim of MLD is to increase the lymphatic system’s ability to remove excess swelling and debris from body tissues allowing proper nutrient exchange, enhanced blood circulation and the removal of toxins.
What are the Benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage?
Over forty years of scientific studies, MLD produces three major effects, all of which have been scientifically studied and confirmed:
- Relieves pain
- Increases the movement of lymph fluid through the lymph vessels
- Has a calming effect on the nervous system
- Helps the body heal more quickly from injuries, surgical trauma, and chronic conditions
- Reduces edema through the lymph vessels
- Relaxes tight muscles
- Promotes the health of the Lymph system
- Promotes general relaxation
Indications for Manual Lymph Drainage
- Rheumatoid arthritis: This is ongoing arthritis in your joints causing joint pain, swelling and stiffness
- Fibromyalgia: This condition causes chronic muscle and joint pain
- Chronic venous insufficiency: This happens when your leg veins aren’t working effectively, making it hard for your blood to return to your heart from your legs
- Lipedema: This happens when excess fat accumulates in your lower body, blocking your lymphatic pathway and causing lymphedema
- Sprains, strains, hematomas (bruises), whiplash, arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, fractures/dislocations,
- Hay fever, sinusitis, acne/eczema, leg ulcers, burns, and recent scars
- Headaches/migraines, stress reduction,
- Leg/arm edema, edema of the head, etc.
- Utilized for pre-surgical preparation, post-surgical swelling/bruising, and pre/post-cosmetic surgery