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  Dr. Vodder’s MLD   ​ Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is designed to improve the functioning of the lymphatic system through gentle, rhythmical movements of the skin which stimulate the contraction of the lymphatic vessels.    ​ As a result, a greater amount of the metabolic waste products and excess fluid are removed from the body’s tissues and enter the lymphatic system.  Collected fluid passes through a series of lymph nodes where it is cleansed of dead cells, bacteria and other waste products.  The clean lymph is then returned to the blood stream.   ​ The initial lymph vessels are collecting points of fluid.  They are tiny, sensitive capillaries and just under the dermis.  Slow, rhythmical light touch over the skin is essential to help open the initial lymph vessels to collects fluid efficiently.  80% of fluid retention is also under the dermis which causes oedema.    ​ A well functioning lymphatic system contributes to healthy body tissue and plays an important part in the body’s immune responses. ​   Benefits   * Clears the skin   * Deeply relaxing as the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated.   * Alleviates fluid congestion such as tired puffy eyes and fluid retention    due to premenstrual syndrome.   * Promotes the healing of wounds and burns and can improve    the appearance and texture of old scars.   * Detoxing and strengthening immune system.  Great way to flush out    left over toxins & wastes, specially after a cold or flu.            Cases not suitable for MLD   Malignant desease Acute infection Recent thrombus ( less than 6 months ) Oedema caused by heart disease Oedema caused by diabetes Acute allergies Low blood pressure

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