Manual Lymph Drainage on Patients with
Presented by the Academy of Lymphatic Studies
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:
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.
Varicose veins often cause swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet. MLD can help reduce swelling by removing excess ﬂuid from the aﬀected area.
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.
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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.
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