Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Expediting your Surgical healing with Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

The Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is important to our body’s ability to transport fluids, filter out waste products of cellular
metabolism, regenerate healthy tissue and maintain a sound immune system. This system circulates lymph fluid
throughout your body through a web of lymph capillaries, vessels, nodes and glands.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

MLD is a hands-on therapy technique developed by Emil Vodder, Ph.D., M.T. in 1932. The technique is a
gentle, manual process that utilizes both a pressure and a relaxation phase to stimulate filaments in the
lymphatic capillaries to increase the uptake of fluid being absorbed into the lymph system. The certified MLD
therapist utilizes precise, gentle, wave-like touch with the pads of the fingers and palms of the hands. No
lotion or oils are used in this treatment. The therapist performs a specific protocol based on your surgical
procedure and healing. If lymph nodes are compromised in an area, the fluid can be redirected to nodes in
another area to aid the drainage process. MLD drains tissues (reducing swelling), stimulates the immune and

parasympathetic systems, and reduces discomfort.

Why the lymphatic system is important to your surgery.

The lymphatic system is responsible for providing and immune response, and for facilitating healing. However,
its initial response to trauma or surgery is a reduction in performance. This means the hormones released in
response to your surgery, and the proteins in the interstitial fluid remain in your tissues rather than being
removed at their normal rate. The result is bruising and swelling. MLD treatments can make a significant
difference in your post surgery appearance, and how rapidly you heal.

Pre and Post-Surgical Benefits of MLD

Pre-surgery: 1-2 MLD sessions are recommended.

  • Prepares tissue for surgery, hydrating and nourishing tissues.
  • Alleviates swelling.
  • Detoxifies tissues. Healthy skin heals faster.
  • Stimulates the immune system.
  • Induces a state of relaxation.

Post-Surgery: Treatment protocol will be determined based on type of surgery. Treatment typically begins
72 hrs. post-surgery for Liposuction. For other procedures, consult with your doctor.

  • Alleviates post-surgical swelling.
  • Reduces discomfort.
  • Reduces bruising.
  • Detoxification helps reduce build up of toxins secondary to effects of medication.
  • Stimulates fluid circulation.
  • Stimulates immune system and helps prevent post-surgical infections.
  • Improves cell regeneration and wound healing, optimizing the scarring process.

Treatment is recommended 2 times a week for 4-8 weeks. Session length will be determined based on type of
surgery, and areas treated. In later stages of the healing process, the session may also be combined with manual
scar tissue mobilization and Medicupping where indicated to break up tissue fibrosis.


Lori Meybodi, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist to set up an appointment or phone consultation.