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Webinar Recording: Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) for Chronic Diseases- Part 1

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Where: Online

CPE: 1.5 CPE point

Access: Webinar recordings can be watched at any time.


Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) for Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases

Dr Vodder’s MLD is best known as the gold standard in lymphoedema management, but there are an extensive range of chronic pain and inflammatory condition which benefit significantly from applied MLD. 

These include many neurological disorders such as MND, chronic pain syndromes such as CRPS and, autoimmune conditions such as FM and scleroderma.

The lymphatic system interacts closely with the nervous and immune system. This first webinar will focus on understanding these interactions and describe the pathogenesis of some common chronic conditions.

This webinar aims to:

  • Describe the structure of lymphatic organs in relation to chronic disease development.
  • Describe the interactions between lymphatic system functions and the nervous system.
  • Describe the interactions between lymphatic system functions and the immune system.

Presenter: Jan Douglass

Jan has practised and taught manual body therapies since 1986 including developing and delivering health science subjects for students of massage therapy, occupational therapy and naturopathy.

Since becoming a Dr Vodder Therapist in 1997 Jan has specialised in MLD & CDT and in 2002 became an Accredited Practical Instructor with the Dr Vodder School. In 2017 Jan was accredited as a Lymph Taping Instructor with Medical Taping Concept.

Jan’s scope of experience includes eight years as senior lymphoedema therapist at Flinders Medical Centre Breast Oncology Clinic and as trial co-ordinator at Flinders University Lymphoedema Research Unit. Jan has presented at numerous conferences and seminars nationally and internationally.

She completed her Honours Thesis on a yoga program for women with arm lymphoedema after breast cancer and wrote her PhD thesis on early detection of covert lymphatic dysfunction in young people infected with lymphatic filariasis in Myanmar.

Jan is now a consultant with the Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the UK where she provides advice and training in morbidity management in the global program to eliminate lymphatic filariasis.


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