mld, manual lymphatic drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage-Pre/Post Op Surgery

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a technique that uses gentle, rhythmic strokes to stimulate the lymphatic system and encourage it to transport fluid from swollen areas and back into the lymphatic system.

While MLD is sometimes referred to as a lymphatic massage, it is not a massage in the traditional sense. It utilizes light pressure touch to move lymph fluid; it does NOT involve manipulating muscles or any deep work.

For post-op care, MLD can aid the body in reducing swelling and can increase mobility during recovery. Your surgeon may recommend MLD 2-3 times/week for the first 4-6 weeks post-op and 1-2 times/week after during your recovery.

Some of the more common treatments of Manual Lymphatic Drainage include:

  • Breast Augmentation/Reconstruction
  • Face Lifts
  • Tummy Tucks
  • Liposuction or Fat Transfers
  • Joint Replacements
  • Gender Affirmation Surgery
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Sinus Problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis

For patients who have undergone reconstructive surgery, manual lymphatic drainage is a technique that uses gentle pressure on the body to help reduce swelling and speed up recovery. It also helps with post-surgery pain relief by gently working the tissues to improve blood flow.

Please note that we do not perform any incisional drainage services; any drains, ports, or tubes must be removed, and the incisions must be closed and healed before your session.

We also do not perform deep lymphatic massage or ‘body sculpting.’ This is a LIGHT touch session, not a massage, and your session will include focused areas of treatment using the Vodder Technique we have been trained in. And at this time we do not offer mobile therapy services.