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Manual Lymph Drainage plays a crucial role in the treatment of Lymphedema.

Most often, the road to recovery starts with a practitioner’s diagnosis. We know that your patient’s treatment plans are highly unique and specific — which is why we are happy to work with you and your patient to determine the best course of action.

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is one of the most effective treatment options for patients who suffer from primary and secondary Lymphedema. Primary Lymphedema affects those who were born with a faulty lymphatic system. Secondary Lymphedema is more common and can be caused when a person’s lymphatic system is damaged by:

  • Cancer related surgery (mastectomy, hysterectomy, prostate, etc)
  • Radiation
  • Severe trauma
  • Rheumatism or arthritis
  • Severe burns
  • Post-operative swelling after essential or elective procedures


This treatment is designed to remove excess fluid by redirecting it to properly functioning lymph nodes that are in close proximity to the affected area. MLD significantly reduces the side effects of lymphedema, and is most successful when used in conjunction with compression garments, exercise, good nutrition, and proper skin care.

Sunnybrae Therapeutics Practitioners Daphne and Sandra are highly qualified practitioners of MLD. Both have trained through Dr. Vodder School International, and have been practicing MLD for over a decade. Through MLD, they have helped hundreds of patients eliminate the devastating effects of Lymphedema and regain or find their quality of life.

Do you have questions about the role of MLD in Lymphedema treatment? We’re happy to answer them.

Practitioner Resources

Best Practice for the Management of Lymphedema (PDF) »

Essential Lymphedema Information for All Health Care Providers (PDF) »

Prevention of Clinical Lymphedema after Cancer treatment: Early detection and risk reduction (PDF) »

NLN Position Paper: The Diagnosis And Treatment Of Lymphedema »

National Lymphedema Network »

What Does Lymphedema Look Like? »


We are always accepting new patients, and are happy to speak directly with practitioners to discuss treatment options and medical history.

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