Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) - contraindications

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) - contraindications Despite the great variety of applications for Manual Lymph Drainage there are a number of conditions which are contraindicated for this therapy:

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

Moreover, precautions are required if MLD is used in the following conditions:

  • a) Edema following carcinoma treatment
  • b) Thyroid dysfunction
  • c) Chronic inflammation
  • d) Bronchial asthma
  • e) Hypotension
  • f) Edema caused by cardiac decompensation should not be drained manually, as this may exacerbate such decompensation
  • g) Diabetes

Manual Lymph Drainage is an invaluable therapy that Dr. Vodder has put into our hands. It is now up to us to use it for the benefit of humankind. Any questions? If you have any questions as to whether and how you are eligible for our treatment regime, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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