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Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle massage technique that stimulates the lymphatic system and promotes lymph fluid flow, helping reduce swelling, inflammation and improve circulation. It's safe, non-invasive and can benefit those with lymphedema, fibromyalgia, post-surgical swelling or seeking relaxation. Contact our clinic to learn more or schedule an appointment.


MLD offers benefits beyond reducing swelling and improving circulation, such as relieving fluid congestion, promoting wound healing, and easing stress and anxiety. Dr. Emil Vodder's innovative movements for the lymphatic system have been widely accepted for treating and managing lymphedema. Our clinic provides MLD to help you reduce swelling, heal faster, and improve your overall health. Contact us now to book a massage therapy session.


Massage therapy has been scientifically proven to enhance the body's production of endorphins, the natural painkillers, and serotonin, the mood-boosting hormone. Additionally, it can reduce the release of cortisol, the stress hormone. Tense muscles, which can compress blood vessels and nerves, leading to pain and reduced blood flow, can also benefit from massage. As the therapist applies pressure, the muscles gradually release their grip on the irritated nerves, easing the pain. This process also helps in the recovery of an injured muscle. If you're experiencing pain or discomfort, massage therapy can help. Schedule an appointment at our clinic today.

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We help alleviate muscle discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular overuse, and many chronic pain syndromes. It can also greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning if begun early enough. Our massage therapists are fully certified and registered massage therapists and are up to date with the latest techniques. The therapists have had a great deal of experience and are able to cater to the needs of the patient, whether it be for athletic purposes or for relaxation purposes. we have a couple of locations available in Mississauga.


Our most important goal is to allow individuals to live life pain free and have a good sense of control over their health. We utilize advanced techniques at MyHealth Care Centre to allow patients to maximize their quality of life as well as allow them to experience life to their fullest.

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What is the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system plays a large role in the immune function and circulation. It moves fluid out of the tissues, and collects waste products, bacteria, dead cells and large protein molecules. From there, the waste products are carried to the lymph nodes to be broken down, filtered, and eliminated while the protein rich fluid is transported back to the heart to rejoin circulation.

Its main functions are to: Keep balance of fluid in tissues, Move proteins and digested fats, and Help fight infection by removing viruses and bacteria

When the lymph vessels become compromised they are unable to transport lymph fluid back into circulation, therefore it starts to accumulate and can results in chronic swelling. If it is left untreated it can also result in skin changes, such as hardening of the skin. This accumulation of protein rich lymph fluid is known as lymphedema.

Once this condition occurs, the swelling may increase or become chronic if an effective treatment program is not initiated. Manual Lymphatic Drainage/Combined Decongestive Therapy is most effective; which involves manual techniques applied to the skin with proper bandaging and compression garments.

What does lymphatic drainage (MLD) treat?

Traumatic injuries; e.g. bruises, muscle fiber tears, dislocation of joints, swelling due to sports injuries, sprains, etc.
  • Bruising and swelling due to fractures can be treated before the affected area is casted; or pre or post-surgery
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – acting as an analgesic effect and reducing swelling.
  • Rheumatic disorders – e.g. rheumatoid arthritis; MLD may be used to reduce inflammation and act as a pain reliever.
  • Dental procedures; MLD can be used for correcting jaw positions or following tooth extractions and operations.
  • Chronic inflammation; MLD may be used for chronic cold, chronic tonsillitis, chronic sinusitis, or chronic bronchitis.
  • MLD has been shown to have an effect on concussions, headaches, migraines and Meniere's syndrome

What does MLD treatment entail?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle non invasive massage technique using very light pressure to stimulate the lymph vessels that lie just beneath the skin under the epidermal layer. By stimulating these 'initial lymphatics' it increases pulsations enabling the filling of the deeper lymphatic vessels.

Treatment includes: Manual lymphatic drainage, Compression bandaging and/or compression sleeves, Education about skin care, and Exercise to promote lymphatic function and flow. 

The therapist will make an individualized treatment plan based on the patient's presentation. Talk to your therapist to see how lymphedema can be managed.

What are the symptoms of lymph edema?

Lymphedema signs and symptoms include:
  • Swelling of part or all of the arm or leg, including fingers or toes.
  • A feeling of heaviness or tightness.
  • Restricted range of motion.
  • Recurring infections.
  • Hardening and thickening of the skin (fibrosis)

How does Lymph-edema develop?

Lymphedema is the build-up of fluid in soft body tissues when the lymph system is damaged or blocked. Lymphedema occurs when the lymph system is damaged or blocked. Fluid builds up in soft body tissues and causes swelling. It is a common problem that may be caused by cancer and cancer treatment.

The symptoms of lymphedema can be sudden onset or appear over time. In addition to swelling or discomfort in the area of the blockage, symptoms of lymphedema include: Numbness or a tight feeling around the swollen area.
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