Manual Lymphatic Drainage & Services

Dr. Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage & CDT Services

Allison has completed advanced certification in the Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy  (CDT), offered by the internationally recognized Dr. Vodder School. Allison was lucky enough to train under the actual director of the school, Professor Hildegard Whittlinger, who was trained by Dr. Vodder himself. 

CDT enables Allison to manage patients with lymphedema and venous insufficiency edema, using a combination of Manual Lymph Drainage, Exercise Therapy, Compression Bandaging, and Skin Care. This allows advanced care of patients with lymphedema, whether from surgery, radiation or congenital malformation. 

MLD  can also be used in the care of patients with conditions such as venous stasis ulceration, wounds, scar tissue, burns, rosacea, adhesive capsulitis, arthritic conditions, acute whiplash, Menieres Syndrome, migraines, etc. 

Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD):
Improves immune system by detoxification of the body
• Reduces post-operative swelling and edema
• Minimizes scar formation resulting from: surgery, burns, injuries and acne

MLD involves light, rhythmical massage that aids the body in collecting and moving lymphatic fluid, which plays a key role in delivering nutrients, antibodies and other immune constituents to the tissue cells of the body and removing debris such as toxins, cell waste and dead particles which are then cleansed by clusters of lymph nodes. MLD also works on the nervous system, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and improving sleep patterns.

Lymph stimulation affects the fluid systems of the body on all levels, decreases swelling and chronic pain. MLD provides deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress and loss of vitality.

MLD & CDT Services

Manual Lymph Drainage - Dr. Vodder Method (MLD)

This technique is a powerful, but gentle, non-invasive form of massage.  Using specific patterns of movement in a specific order, MLD stretches and torques the skin to enhance recovery of the body's tissues and systems, as well as facilitating lymph drainage.  MLD is proven to work directly with the nervous system and indirectly with the immune system, helping clients to heal from chronic illness, as well.  It is an excellent technique used by itself and in combination with other therapies and is grounded in solid scientific and physiological principles.

Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT)

CDT is used in conjunction with MLD to treat lymphedema.  It involves the application of compression bandaging, therapeutic skin care, breathing techniques, compression garments.  This is the treatment of choice for lymphedema and involves an initial phase and a maintenance phase.

Intra-Oral Massage

Massage is used for TMJ, headaches, grinding or clenching, chronic sinus issues, difficulty opening the mouth, difficulty swallowing, neck pain and whiplash, strains from orthodontia or dental surgery, neck, head and face fatigue, chronic ear congestion, tinnitus, emotional trauma, face and neck pain, migraines, and jaw clicking, to name a few.  It is an intense, but not necessarily painful, technique that works on muscles on the inside and outside of your mouth and is performed while gloves are worn.  Because the muscles inside of the mouth are not often touched, they tend to respond to much less pressure.