Manual Lymph Drainage is a gentle, repetitive technique. It increases the efficiency of the lymphatic system and calms the sympathetic nervous system. These result in a reduction in edema, inflammation and pain.
The technique was originally developed by Dr. Emil Vodder in the 1930's. Gunther and Hildegard Wittlinger trained under Dr. Vodder in the 1960's, and through his guidance opened the first Vodder MLD school- Dr. Vodder Academy International in Walchsee, Austria in 1972. This location also includes the Wittlinger Lymphedema Clinic- the center of excellence for Lymphedema care in Europe. Professor Hildegard Wittlinger continues to train and direct the practice and teaching of Vodder MLD worldwide today.
Health Professionals such as Nurses, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists and Occupational Therapists can use MLD to benefit many conditions in their practice, including acute injuries (sprain, strain, whiplash), pre- and post- surgery, chronic inflammatory conditions, headaches, venous edema (varicose veins) and lymphedema.
Estheticians can use MLD in their workplace to enhance the health of the skin, as well as for conditions such as congestion, acne, rosacea and pre- and post- cosmetic surgery.
Certified Vodder MLD and CDT Therapist 2015
Certified Vodder Level 1 Teacher 2018, Level 2 Teacher 2022
(Dr. Vodder School International)
Photo: Level 1 Teaching Exam, 2018
LtoR: Robert Harris, Director: North America;
Professor Hildegard Wittlinger, Director: Austria