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Certified Training and Tuition in Manual Lymphatic
Drainage (Original Dr Vodder Method)

This is the only validated course run in Ireland to teach the Dr Vodder Method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage, (MLD)

Meadbh Mac Sweeney, Director of The Lymph Clinic, facilitates and teaches a postgraduate course in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and  Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy (DLT). The post-graduate training offered by the The Lymph Clinic is the only Dr Vodder certified programme on Manual Lymph Drainage in Ireland and Meadbh is the only certified teacher in the country.
Courses are open to qualified healthcare professionals, e.g. Nurses, Doctors, Physiotherapists, OccupationalTherapists, Physical Therapists, Osteopaths and experienced Massage Therapists (with a min of 260 hours training.)

Course outline as follows:

MODULE 1: BASIC is a prerequisite for Therapy I.

Basic is an intensive course involving extensive theory and prctiacal hands-on teaching. The basic strokes and their application to each body part are taught. The theory covers anatomy and physiology of the lymph vessel system in detail , connective tissue, effects of MLD and contraindications.

Required book for the course is “Dr. Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage; A Practical Guide” by the Wittlinger’s which can be purchased directly from the Dr Vodder Akademie or from Amazon



The practical sessions include special techniques for the joints, the head (including intra oral) and deep abdominal work, introducing the student to therapeutic applications. Advanced theory and current research is discussed as well as a review of techniques and theory from Basic module.
Therapy 1 concludes with an exam and if passed successfully, an internationally recognized certification, allowing the therapist to treat skin conditions; fluid retention; muscle tension; sinus congestion; traumas; headaches; minor burns and scars; cellulite; bruising; constipation and minor arthritic conditions; chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, acne and acne rosacea.

Lymphoedemas are introduced in a didactic manner to bring awareness of the condition clinically and highlight to therapists that pathologies such as lymphoedema require further training.

Therapy 1 is a pre requisite to the final modules: THERAPY 2 & 3

Successful completion of the Therapy I exam enables the student to continue to these final two courses which are taught consecutively. The modules cover primary & secondary Lymphoedema‘s, vascular oedemas and other lymphatic related disorders and their treatment in the context of Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy (DLT).

Theory instruction is given by a medical lymphologist affiliated with the Dr Vodder Akademie. Recent instructors include Prof Horst Weissleder & Dr Melanie Wohgennant

Recommended Textbook

‘Lymphoedema –Diagnosis and Therapy’ Prof Horst Weissleder & Prof Christian Schuchhardt. ISBN:3-934371-24-8


 Bandaging and specific MLD treatments are taught.

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At the end of the course, students take a written and practical exam to demonstrate competence in techniques, treatment and bandaging. Students who successfully complete the examinations may then describe themselves as Dr Vodder-Certified MLD / CDT Therapists which is an internationally recognized certificate of 160 hours training.


BASIC : Oct 14th TO Oct 18th 2016 OR MARCH 17th to 21st 2017

Therapy 1 : Nov 18th TO Nov 22th 2016 OR April21st to 25th 2017

Therapy 2 : July 24th -28th 2017

Therapy 3: July 31st - August 4th 2017



Reviews are organized on an bi- annual basis for certified therapists at Therapy 3 level. This is an invaluable opportunity to have hands ‘checked’ by Prof Hildegard and Maria Wittlinger. It is also an opportunity to hear an invited speaker or be given an update on happenings in the clinical field. It is a recommendation of the school to attend a review and is accredited for CPD points.

Dr Vodder recertifications are open to non Dr Vodder therapists , who will receive a certificate of attendance only.

Class time: 20 contact hours (Practical 16 hrs, Theory 4 hrs)

For further information, please contact:

CNS Lymphoedema,
Certified Dr Vodder MLD Instructor

The Lymph Clinic, Cork Clinic, Western Road, Cork
  • DAY : 021 434 7351   |   EVENING : 086 804 8273
  • 021 486 7010
  • meadbh@thelymphclinic.ie
  • www.thelymphclinic.ie

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