Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

MLD is a massage technique developed by Danish physical therapists Dr Emil Vodder and his wife Estrid in the 1930s. They identified the importance of the lymphatic system and devised treatments for the whole body to alleviate swelling and congestion, caused by Lipoedema and Lymphedema. Hildegard Wittlinger from the Dr Vodder School in Austria and her team have continued to develop and refine his system.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)MLD is a specialised massage technique, utilising precise, light, rhythmical hand movements which gently stretch the skin in circular motions along the lymphatic pathways. This pumping movement stimulates flow in the lymph vessels and encourages the uptake of fluid from the tissues into the lymphatic system. The fluid drains through the lymph nodes where it is filtered and cleansed of dead cells, bacteria and other waste products before being returned to the blood stream.

MLD has been used to treat the following conditions:

  • facial problems, tired, puffy eyes, acne, and chronic sinus congestion
  • bruising and swelling following surgery or injury
  • to promote healing of fractures, torn ligaments, sprains, wounds and burns and improve the appearance of old scars
  • lymphoedema – extremely effective in the treatment and control of this condition
  • to promote relaxation and well being

Deep Oscillation® Massage Therapy

Deep Oscillation Massage Therapy originated in Germany in 1988 and uses the Hivamat® machine to create low frequencies of gentle electrostatic impulses or oscillations which have a gentle and deep-acting effect on all tissue components to an 8 cm depth (through skin, connective tissue, subcutaneous fat, muscles, blood and lymph vessels). Scientifically researched frequencies (between 5-200 times per second) have been proven to remove excess inflammation caused by waste products, protein solids and lymph fluid build up; leaving your skin tissue to heal naturally and rapidly. Deep oscillation therapy is applied by the therapist to patient/client via hygienic, vinyl gloved hands, utilizing all normal massage movements or via circular movements over the tissue with a handheld applicator. The gentle vibrations feel very relaxing and because of the non-invasive, non-traumatic, gentle nature of this therapy, it can be used soon after surgery or trauma. It has also been proved effective in the treatment of chronic conditions with good results.

The benefits of Hivamat® Deep Oscillation® Massage Therapy have been clinically proven and include:

  • Effective pain reduction
  • Effective in treating lymphodema
  • Promotion of faster wound healing
  • Fibrosis Reduction
  • Reducing haematoma and bruising
  • Improving quality of tissue
  • Reduce cellulite and scarring
  • Reduction of inflammation both acute and chronic

MLD Treatment for Lymphoedema and Lipoedema

LyndaCarter MLD Combined Decongestive Therapy BandageDuring the first session a full medical history is taken and the condition is assessed before a treatment plan is put together and agreed with the client. I am now using a combination of MLD and Deep Oscillation Therapy to treat lymphoedema. It is recommended that several treatments are done very close together with bandaging to drastically reduce limb volume and improve the shape of the limb. Thereafter maintenance treatments are recommended with compression garments. A home maintenance programme is given to each patient. During a treatment only some clothing needs to be removed and the massage is carried out in a warm, safe environment.

Lynda Carter MLD
Lynda Carter MLD2 years ago
This is me with my new baby grandson. Bet you didn’t clock the compression garment on my right arm? I became a lymphoedema/MLD therapist after having had surgery for breast cancer in 2002, the result of this was lymphoedema in my arm. There are 4 pillars to the treatment of lymphoedema- compression, good skin care, specific exercises and MLD or simple lymph drainage. This condition will never go away, but can be managed using the 4 pillars.
If you have lymphoedema and are considering MLD then contact me on
07941421698 or PM me
Lynda Carter MLD
Lynda Carter MLD2 years ago
These night compression garments are a game changer!
Lynda Carter MLD
Lynda Carter MLD
Lynda Carter MLD2 years ago
Here are some great ideas to cope with compression in the heat wave.
Lynda Carter MLD
Lynda Carter MLD2 years ago
This device may be a game changer!
Lynda Carter MLD
Lynda Carter MLD2 years ago
Are you suffering from this condition? Did you know MLD along with compression can help?
Contact me to find out more about MLD.
Lynda Carter MLD
Lynda Carter MLD2 years ago
I am now trained in wrinkle reducing injections for frowns, forehead lines and crows feet, along with dermal fillers to the nasolabial lines (from the side of the nose to the outside of the lips) and marionette lines (down the sides of the mouth to the chin). I am an experienced nurse practitioner and independent prescriber with many years of experience.
I am offering a 30% discount to the first 10 people who book for either of these treatments.
Click the link to my website to find out more

Or call or text me on 07941421698