Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system contains a network of vessels that transport lymph (the fluid) around the body and drains it back into the blood. Lymph fluid contains white blood cells, which are also called lymphocytes. These are cells of the immune system, which help the body to fight diseases.

The lymphatic system also contains lymph nodes, which act as filters to remove harmful substances from the lymphatic system. Clusters of lymph nodes are found in areas such as behind the knee, in the groin, under the arms and in the neck region.

What is Lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is a swelling that can occur anywhere in the body but it most commonly affects the limbs.

It can occur for different reasons and is classified as either Primary or Secondary Lymphoedema depending on the cause.

Primary Lymphoedema
This relates to an inefficient or abnormally functioning lymphatic system which can be present at birth or develop later on in life.

Secondary Lymphoedema
This can occur following treatment for cancer, radiation therapy, surgery, trauma or recurrent infections, where lymph nodes/lymph vessels may have been removed or damaged.

As a consequence of Lymphoedema, there is a build up of fluid which can worsen if left untreated over time. This in turn can lead to complications such as cellulitus and skin changes. Where there is a swelling from the damaged area the Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) treatment will encourage the re-direction of the lymph fluid to the nearest healthy lymph nodes.

How is Lymphoedema treated?

The treatment of Lymphoedema is usually treated in two phases.

Phase 1 is the decongestive stage which involves an intensive period of both MLD and compression bandaging. The sessions are daily for 2 to 4 weeks depending on the severity of the condition. This also includes skin care and exercises.

Phase 2 is the maintenance stage in which treatment may vary from once weekly to once monthly depending on the individual case. This is combined with compression hosiery.

For non-lymphoedema cases, the treatment will vary according to the condition.

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

MLD is a type of gentle massage which encourages lymph flow in the body. It involves light, rhythmical hand movement together with precise techniques and pressure. The massage works at skin level to influence the direction and speed of lymphatic flow, encouraging the lymph away from the swollen area.

What conditions can be treated using MLD?

The Dr Vodder method of lymphatic drainage can help with a wide range of conditions, not just lymphoedema. I treat clients who are suffering with many health conditions, as well as those who have suffered from the affects of cancer and its treatment.

Please read here for a list of conditions that can be treated using MLD.

How much does a consultation/treatment cost?

Your first consultation will be free of charge and will determine the next step. Prices will vary according to the treatment plan and will be agreed at the initial consultation. Packages available from £120. Including detox, fertility and liposuction.

What are the benefits of MLD treatment?

A diagnosis and full explanation of your condition
Better control of your swelling and improved comfort
Improved range of movement
Better skin condition and fewer infections
Reduced clothing/footwear limitations
Improved confidence and self esteem
An improved quality of life

Where can I get further information?

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Sophie Perriman