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Manual Lymphatic Drainage~By Tamara Sporror, Registered Massage Therapist

Tamara is very excited to announce that she has successfully completed the Dr. Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy course!

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, non-invasive manual technique that has a powerful effect on the body. Research in Australia, Europe and North America has proven its efficacy as a stand-alone treatment and in combination with other therapies. Developed in France in 1932 by Emil and Estrid Vodder, MLD has grown to be the most well-known manual technique 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.*

Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is a combination of the Dr. Vodder method of MLD, remedial exercise therapy, compression bandaging (or compression garments in the maintenance phase) and therapeutic skin care. It may also include breathing and aquatic exercises, adjunct therapies such as low-level laser as well as dietary measures. According to the International Society of Lymphology, this is the treatment of choice for Lymphedema. Results of scientific research have been documented and published in peer-reviewed Journals* (https://vodderschool.com/bibliography_of_research_articles)

*description courtesy of Dr. Vodder School International

Dr. Vodder’s MLD can help over 60 different conditions. Here are some of the most common:

· Lymphedema; primary, secondary

· Lipedema

· Pre & post Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery

· Liposuction

· traumatic and repetitive strain injuries

· Scars

· Eye injuries

· Glaucoma

· Fractures with cast & immediately post fracture

· Chronic sinusitis- Frontal, maxillary

· Tinnitus

· Bell's Palsy, neuralgias

· Whiplash

· Migraine related to stress, digestion or hormonal issues

· Chronic constipation

· Chronic bronchitis

· Pre & Post-natal stress

· Pre & Post Hip & knee replacement.

· Arthritis in hip, knee

· Frozen shoulder

· Post shoulder dislocation

· Venous Ulcers


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