Dr. Vodder Certification

Lymphatic Drainage is a soft tissue technique consisting of a series of gentle pressured rhythmical strokes set in a particular pattern to aide in the function of the lymphatic system. Pioneered by Dr. Vodder and his wife in the early 30’s, it was mainly used for the treatment of colds, now this technique is used widely to promote health and assist in the recovery of injuries, surgeries and illness.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) can assist with the reduction of swelling, and pain from illness, injury or surgical procedures. MLD helps to remove inflammatory proteins and built up fluids which will helps speed up the healing process and reduce pain.

It also supports the immune system by improving lymphatic flow, which removes the cellular waste products, and can assists in re-direction of fluid in the case of lymph node blockage or removal of lymph nodes due to surgical procedures. MLD also calms the nervous system, reducing illness related to stress, and chronic pain.

Combined Decongestive Therapy consists of using a series of specific wrappings and compression garments along with MLD in the treatment of Lymphedema.

Treatments are done on the bare skin, usually with no oils or lotions and consists of 60-90 min. Treatments. Treatment can include manual lymphatic massage (MLD), measurements, wrapping, garment assessment, and client education.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage/Combined Decongestive Therapy


Manual Lymph Drainage Applications (MLD)

•Primary and Secondary Lymphedema

•Venous insufficiency

•Non-infected inflammatory conditions (e.g. sprains and strains)


•Dermatological conditions

•Circulatory disturbances

•Sports injuries

•Pre-post plastic surgery


Combined Decongestive Therapy Applications (CDT)

This therapy is used primarily in the treatment of lymphedema and venous insufficiency edema. It has been shown to relieve the edema, fibrosis and the accompanying pain and discomfort of these conditions.

•Primary lymphedema

•Secondary lymphedema

•Functional lymphedema

•Trauma-induced lymphedema


•Venous insufficiency edema