We are very fortunate to have Roxana at Newland Chiropractic & Neurology Centre, who is a qualified Dr Vodder’s manual lymph drainage therapist.

This is a gentle, non-invasive manual technique that has a powerful effect on the body.  Research[1] in Australia, Europe and North America has proven its efficacy as a stand-alone treatment and in combination with other therapies.

Developed in France in 1932 by Emil and Estrid Vodder MLD has grown to be the most well-known manual technique to assist lymph flow and aid in drainage of tissues.

The Vodders’ method involves gentle, rhythmic, and specific massage movements designed to stimulate the flow of lymph, a colourless fluid that plays a crucial role in the body’s immune system and waste removal. Manual lymphatic drainage is used to reduce swelling, manage lymphedema, and improve the overall functioning of the lymphatic system.

Dr. Vodder’s contribution to the field of lymphatic drainage and his development of the Vodder method have had a significant impact on the treatment of lymphatic disorders and the management of post-surgical swelling, particularly in cases of cancer-related lymphedema.

The skin is stretched and torqued in a specific manner, based on scientific, physiological principles that have proven to encourage lymph flow.  If performed correctly with the correct pressure, direction, and speed, this can greatly enhance recovery and facilitate drainage.

MLD affects the nervous system by lowering sympathetic tonus, in so doing MLD can have an effect on smooth muscles innervated by the sympathetic system, for example in blood and lymph vessels as well as intestinal motility. It can also help a patient to recuperate from chronic illness by allowing their parasympathetic nervous system to predominate. MLD is calming and relaxing to receive and patients often feel a sense of well-being after treatment.


[1] https://vodderschool.com/bibliography_of_research_articles