Manual Lymph Drainage on Patients with Varicose Veins

Manual Lymph Drainage on Patients with

Varicose Veins!

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In this months edition, find out all about Manual Lymph Drainage on Patients with Varicose Veins!

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a therapy technique utilized by PT, OT, RN, MT, and other medical professionals licensed to perform manual therapy to manage edema and lymphedema, a condition that causes fluid buildup in the tissues, leading to swelling in the affected areas. However, MLD may also benefit varicose veins, which are bulging, twisted veins commonly occurring in the legs. This article, we will explore the the possible effects of MLD on varicose veins.

MLD involves gentle, rhythmic strokes that stimulate the lymphatic system, increasing lymphatic flow and encouraging the removal of lymphatic loads and excess fluid from the body. MLD may benefit varicose veins in several ways:

Improved Circulation

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Varicose veins occur when blood pools in the veins due to damaged valves that prevent proper blood flow. MLD can improve circulation by enhancing the lymphatic flow and assisting in removing cellular waste and excess fluid from the affected area. This can help reduce pressure on the veins and improve blood flow.

 Reduced Swelling

Varicose veins often cause swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet. MLD can help reduce swelling by removing excess fluid from the affected area.

Close up view of legs of a man with varicose veins due to defect in blood circulation

Pain Relief

Varicose veins can cause pain, cramping, and discomfort, especially after prolonged periods of standing or sitting. MLD can help reduce inflammation and swelling, alleviating pain and discomfort.

Prevention of Complications

Untreated varicose veins can lead to complications such as ulcers, phlebitis, blood clots, and skin discolorations. MLD can reduce the risk of these complications by improving circulation, reducing pressure on the veins, and promoting healing.

The benefits of MLD for varicose veins may be temporary or limited, depending on the cause and severity of the condition. However, MLD may be used with other treatment modalities, such as compression stockings, exercise, and lifestyle changes, to manage varicose veins and prevent further damage.

MLD is NOT a Substitute for Medical Treatment of Varicose Veins!

Patients with varicose veins should seek medical attention from a qualified healthcare provider, who can suggest the best course of treatment. MLD may be referred as a complimentary modality to assist in the management of varicose veins.

In conclusion, MLD is a specialized massage therapy technique that can aid in managing lymphedema, but it may also benefit varicose veins. MLD can improve circulation, reduce swelling, alleviate pain, prevent complications, and promote healing. Patients with varicose veins should seek medical attention and discuss with their healthcare provider whether MLD is an appropriate treatment option. Further follow up studies and research are needed on the benefits of MLD with patients suffering from varicose veins.

Taking an ACOLS Course!

The Complete Lymphedema Certification Course is an intensive 135-hour certification training for medical professionals to successfully treat and manage lymphedema affecting different parts of the body, as well as other related conditions.

Students will first complete a 45-hour Home Study Program, followed by the 90-hour class for their live lecture and hands-on instruction. The classroom time is taught over 9 consecutive days. It requires only 5 working days and 2 weekends to complete. Participants can also split the course, attending the first 5 days, then returning within 6 months to finish the last 4 days of the course.

For more information and to register for a Complete Lymphedema Certification Course Click Here!

The Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) Course is a 5-day, 40-hour certification course with a careful balance between lecture topics and hands-on lessons. This course is ideally suited to serve as an introduction to the techniques and applications of the treatment known as Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), as developed by Emil Vodder, Ph.D. This course will assist therapists in developing treatment sequences for the management of edema of various geneses including post-traumatic and post-surgical edema; as well as several pathologies such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, chronic pain reduction and others. During this course, the participants will learn to perform techniques that will assist patients and clients in general relaxation, health support and detoxification.

For more information and to register for a Manual Lymph Drainage course Click Here!


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