Therapy that provides a natural body detoxManual lymphatic drainage [(MLD)](http://www.mlduk.org.uk/) is a gentle detox therapy that drains excess fluid from the body to improve overall functioning of the lymphatic (immune) system. MLD is often used to treat [lymphedema](http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Lymphoedema/Pages/Treatment.aspx), characterised by the blockage of lymph nodes in the arms and legs, which often leads to a sensation of “heaviness” and general discomfort. MLD was pioneered by Dr Emil Vodder in the 1930s, who noticed patients with severe colds had swollen lymph nodes. He devised a treatment using circular hand movements to release toxins and bacteria from the body.
"The end result is general detoxification"Lymphatic massage is applied gently in the direction of lymph flow in order to unblock any obstructed lymph vessels, allowing the lymph flow to transport waste from the body. The therapy is applied in gentle strokes towards the heart. This technique lightly stretches the walls of the lymph vessels and encourages lymph drainage, leading to a general detoxification of the system.
There are four MLD techniques that may be used during treatment:
1. Stationary circlesContinuous spirals using fingertips over the neck, face and lymph nodes.
2. Pump techniqueOval strokes using fingers, thumbs, palms on skin.
3. Rotary techniqueCircular motions, palms facing down. Wrists apply and lessen the stroke pressure.
4. Scoop strokesPalms facing up, fingers outstretched to resemble a scoop. Twisting strokes are applied to the skin to encourage waste disposal.
The end result of MLD is a general detoxification of the lymphatic system, unblocking lymphatic channels, a release of energy, and a sensation of general wellbeing.