The Dr Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Technique

MLD Contraindications

When MLD is not viable as a treatment, this is described as a contraindication.

Contraindications occur when an increase in lymph flow would be detrimental to your health. Contraindications can either be absolute or relative. Your GP or Specialist can override relative contraindications if they find good reason, but the absolute contraindication cannot be overridden.

Absolute contraindications

Despite the great variety of applications for MLD there are a number of conditions which are absolutely contraindicated for this therapy

  • Any metastatic or systemic malignant condition must be excluded from MLD
  • MLD is not suited for the treatment of acute inflammation (caused by bacteria, viruses or foreign bodies)
  • Any thrombosis at risk of causing embolism is an absolute contraindication

Precautions are required if MLD is used in the following conditions

  • Oedema following carcinoma treatment
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Hypotension
  • Oedema caused by cardiac decompensation should not be drained manually, as this may exacerbate such decompensation
  • Diabetes
  • First trimester of pregnancy or complications with pregnancy **in an uncomplicated /normal pregnancy treatments are very useful throughout the pregnancy and very helpful for reducing the swelling on legs and breasts

Move that lymph!