Dr Emil Vodder was the first to attempt, in the 1930s, to use lymphatic drainage with his hands to treat chronic sinusitis, with excellent results. This success later led him to try the same technique in other chronic diseases with edema symptoms, as well as in the treatment of superficial skin scars.
It is now used additionally, after cosmetic plastic surgery, in the treatment of acne, in the fight against looseness and wrinkles, and in every effort to achieve better skin nutrition.
Lymph circulation in the human body is normally achieved by:
- contraction of the muscles along the lymph nodes,
- respiratory movements that exert pressure on the chest pores,
- the pulse of the arteries that transmits pressure to the lymph nodes,
- the valvular system of lymph nodes and
- the action of the smooth muscle fibers surrounding the lymph nodes.
The advantage of applying lymphatic drainage is that the lymph is pushed back to circulation, and activated 20 times more.
The application of this specialized skin massage aims at stimulating the lymph nodes and draining the lymph nodes. The process is not aggressive. One session involves draining the neck, abdomen, torso and limbs, and lasts 40-60 minutes.