Lymphotherapy or manual lymphatic drainage (Vodder Method)
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a soothing and relaxing massage technique par excellence. It produces beneficial effects both in the field of medicine for the treatment and prevention of many disorders, as in the field of aesthetics where it has become an irreplaceable technique of great support in the treatment of many disorders that affect peoples’ appearance.
The outer covering of our body, the skin, can be subject to a series of various disorders (swellings, edemas, bruises, irritations, acne, recently healed wounds, etc.) which, although in many cases do not poses any real danger to health, but they affect the appearance of the sufferer.
What does it consist of?
The human body has a circulatory system called the lymphatic system which is responsible for transporting the lymph slowly, nourishing, repairing, renewing, rejuvenating, cleaning up toxic waste and defending the organism via the work of the antibodies produced by white blood cells which make up the lymph.
Lymph is the liquid responsible for eliminating unwanted substances from tissue, as well as the diffusion of others that are beneficial.
Being sensitive to the conditions to which the body is exposed, during sleep, Lymphatic circulation is partially halted. In situations of tiredness or a cold environment and stress, it slows down.
Lymphatic drainage occurs in the area from the deepest layers of skin to the muscular plane and all the elements that are contained in this area, reducing possible post-traumatic stasis and edema caused by allergy or surgery, etc. It sanitizes tissues by removing toxins, debris and microorganisms, reducing swelling and pain caused by fluid retention, pregnancy, varicose veins, edema, etc.
The smoothness and cadence of the maneuvers produce an anti-fatigue effect, and also promote the healing of tissues by accelerating the process of the recovery from trauma or post-surgical wounds.
This massage acts indirectly on the blood circulation by improving the microcirculation and favoring cellular nutrition, which leads to better skin appearance.
The approximate average duration of a manual lymphatic drainage treatment oscillates between 45 and 60 minutes.
Indications and contraindications
In general terms we can say that DLM is especially useful in the following disorders:
- Skin: acne, rosacea, periorificial dermatitis and persistent facial erythema (Couperose)
- Fatty tissue: Cellulite
- Surgical: restorative and aesthetic pre and post surgery, as well as in the prevention and treatment of scars
- Other effects: in anti-aging treatments (sedative / relaxing), facial edema, swollen and tired legs, etc.
The DLM cannot be performed in case of fever, cancer or other diseases, malignancies such as cardiac edema, asthmatic crisis, thrombophlebitis and allergic reactions.