MLD - Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) Certification Course
This engaging five and half day MLD Certification course is based on the techniques developed by Dr. Emil Vodder, Ph.D., MT. When skillfully applied, this therapeutic form of soft-tissue mobilization dramatically enhances lymph formation and promotes drainage within the superficial and deep systems of the lymph vascular network. MLD effectively reduces traumatic and post-surgical edema, and can provide symptomatic relief of migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), stress, fatigue, and more. MLD also induces general relaxation and detoxification.
During this course, students will be instructed in the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system and basic MLD treatment sequences will be demonstrated and practiced. In addition, MLD treatment sequences for mild, medically-uncomplicated upper and lower extremity lymphedema will be taught. Each day will be divided into two sections: theoretical and hands-on application.
Course Educational Level: Introductory/Intermediate
Instructional Methods: Hands-on lab and lectures.
Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Identify basic elements of the anatomy of the lymphatic system and recognize the associated scientific terminology.
- Differentiate between the normal and diseased states of the lymphatic system (physiology and pathophysiology of the lymphatic system).
- Identify indications and contraindications related to the use of MLD.
- Competently perform the techniques of MLD for all body areas.
- Devise appropriate MLD sequences for indications such as post-surgical edema, post-traumatic edema, fibromyalgia, general detoxification and other conditions.
- Competently perform MLD sequences appropriate for clients who have undergone breast surgery for cancer (clients who are at risk of developing lymphedema).
- Competently perform MLD sequences appropriate for clients with mild, medically-uncomplicated primary or secondary lymphedema.
You might consider bringing:
Robe/cover-up for trips to the bathroom
Clipboard for easier note-taking
Bolster (if you prefer it over a pillow)
Blanket to accommodate temperature swings in the room.
What to Wear: comfortable, loose-fitting clothing (yoga clothes work well here) that will allow access to the body during the lab sessions. We prefer that you not wear jewelry as it can interfere with proper manual techniques. Also, please do not wear any scents or perfumes to class (no jewelry, no fragrances) and remember to keep your nails clean and short.
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