Full Course Description

Essentials for Edema Reduction--Time & Cost Effective Strategies for Healthcare Professionals

Working in the clinic is BUSY! You need solutions that are both time and cost effective.

And that is exactly what manual lymph drainage (MLD) brings to the table.  Offering a wide array of conditions that can be treated: pre and post-op, edema, joint replacement, c-sections, lipedema and lymphedema, just to name a few.  MLD is sure to be a part of the solution for many of your clients.

Bringing over 20 years of experience to the table, Elisa DiFalco, MS, OT, CMLDT, LMT will provide you with the tools you need to:

  • Develop a MLD protocol that easily fits into your treatment session
  • Quickly assess and identify the problem
  • Identify the 3 early warning signs of a lymphatic infection
  • Improve lymph viscosity for accelerated outcomes

Whether a new therapist or seasoned practitioner, this must have seminar will provide valuable insight for incorporating MLD in the clinical setting. You’ll walk away with strategies that you can implement immediately!

Program Information


  1. Analyze the 3 lymphatic pathways that are key to edema removal
  2. Assess 4 components of the lymph load and how it can form scar tissue
  3. Perform Self-MLD utilizing stationary circle strokes of MLD
  4. Demonstrate budget friendly donning & doffing strategies for compression wear.


An Interactive Approach to the Lymph System

  • Lymph Nodes
  • Lymph Load
  • Lymphatic Pathways
  • Lymphangiomotoricity

Hands on Practicum

  • Practice self-MLD
  • Foundational Stroke – Stationary Circle
  • Assessment tools: what is the lymph saying?

Population Specific Strategies

  • Pain Management
  • Pregnancy
  • Performance/Athletics
  • Pediatrics
  • Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery
  • Facial Conditions

Time & Cost Effective Maintenance Strategies that work

  • Compression Garment
  • Donning & Doffing on a Budget
  • Bandaging Demo
  • Home Exercise Program

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Licensed Massage Therapist

Copyright : 08/26/2020

Manual Lymph Drainage

Many surgeons are now recommending manual lymph drainage (MLD) for their patients due to its ability to accelerate healing. From joint replacement to plastic surgery, MLD is the “must-have” modality when treating: edema, bruising, pain and scar management.

Practitioners will learn the delicate balance of healthy lymphocyte production and eradication of toxins responsible for post-op edema and bruising. Therapists will also learn factors that increase scar tissue formation and adhesions and how to minimize them through gentle strokes of MLD applied with this time-tested protocol.

The full-body demo in this course utilizes strokes refined and researched for a century and is painless to the patient and not physically demanding on the practitioner. The conservative strokes are designed to reduce inflammation, bruising, scarring and pain for an accelerated outcome supported by research.

And, you will see a live patient with before and after outcomes!

Program Information


  1. Evaluate the physiology of cellular debris contribution to scar tissue formation.
  2. Assess factors that increase lymph viscosity.
  3. Appraise a full body Pre-op MLD routine.
  4. Analyze the purpose of pre & post op MLD protocols.
  5. Evaluate the 4 goals of MLD for post-op recovery.
  6. Inspect the evidence based effects of sound therapy on pain.
  7. Determine key lymph nodes for drainage of the head, neck & face.
  8. Assess lymph flow disruption from surgery.
  9. Perform a 15 minute self MLD.
  10. Evaluate chylus lymph role in conditions.
  11. Inspect the lymph system’s role in Alzheimers.
  12. Determine 3 cost & time effective self care strategies.
  13. Create a plan of care for pregnancy MLD utilizing modified protocol to end of term.
  14. Debate superficial versus deep lymphatic drainage exiting open wounds.
  15. Assess the benefits of infrared therapy for MLD.
  16. Differentiate the effects of vibration mats used for pain mgt. with MLD.
  17. Utilize standardized measuring techniques for documentation.
  18. Prepare marketing materials for distribution with evidence-based research.
  19. Investigate halotherapy benefits when combined with MLD.


Investigating Implications for Lymph Flow

  • 4 things that affect post-surgical lymph flow
  • Alternate pathways
  • When lymph nodes are missing
  • Edema
  • Bruises
Lymph Load & Diet
  • Water
  • Protein
  • Fatty Acids
  • Cellular Debris
Targeted interventions for:
  • Lymphedema
  • Pain
  • Edema
  • Pre & Post Op
  • Joint Replacement
  • Lipedema
  • Pregnancy and C-Section
  • Pediatrics
  • Concussion
  • Scars
  • Cellulitis
  • Cellulite
Preserving MLD Outcomes
  • Streamlined Exercise Interventions
  • Importance of water and diet
  • Preventing re-accumulation: compression garments
  • Self MLD for home
  • 4 keys to bandaging for sports injury edema
  • Physician recommended skin care
  • Halo therapy

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Massage Therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners

Copyright : 07/15/2020