Our mission is to encourage nationwide recognition for the field of lymphology and its significance within all disciplines of medicine.
The original method of Manual Lymph Drainage was developed by Emil Vodder, PhD and his wife, Estrid Vodder, ND. In 1936, the Vodders presented Manual Lymph Drainage according to Dr. Vodder in Paris, France.
Johannes Asdonk, MD discovered the Vodders' work in the 1960s; understanding the benefit of lymph drainage, Drs. Vodder and Asdonk pioneered the field.
The Vodder method of MLD was introduced to North America in 1972.
The lymphatic system is a significant component of the body's immune function. This closed, one-way system consists of lymphatic fluid, capillaries, vessels, lymph nodes and organs. Lymph nodes are bean-shaped filters strategically placed along lymphatic vessels. Lymphatic vessels, responsible for transporting lymphatic fluid, rely on lymph nodes for the purification and elimination of toxins and debris.
Lymphatic fluid hydrates the extracellular space which lies between the vascular, muscular, nerve and organ structures. The lymphatic system helps maintain and protect the internal fluid environment of the entire body. Immune function and tissue health depend greatly on proper lymphatic circulation.
Any alteration within the body, organic or surgical, can affect the direction and efficiency of lymphatic fluid flow. As a result, lymph can stagnate and begin to solidify, creating painful pressure and dis-ease. MLD is a gentle technique designed to increase the lymphatic system's flow and filtration capability. By stimulating the lymphatic system and encouraging the body to re-absorb cellular debris (often the result of tissue damage/degeneration), the pathways between systems become uncluttered, allowing proper cellular communication, function and hydration.
By encouraging the superficial network of lymphatic capillaries as well as lymph node stimulation, a trained MLD therapist can successfully guide a compromised lymphatic system to function with efficiency. MLD stabilizes tissue integrity; tissue damage and potential infection can be prevented. MLD is a non-invasive therapy, which maximizes the body's immune and elimination potential.
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Scar Tissue Rehabilitation
Lymph Node Removal
Please note: There are contraindications to MLD, a referral from your physician may be required prior to treatment.hide
With instructors ranging from exercise physiologist to respiratory & physical therapist, Rebecca possesses a functional approach founded in allopathic medicine. She provides outpatient treatment services and is a member of the National Lymphedema Network.
Rebecca was personally trained and certified in the Vodder Method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapy in 1995 by Reinhard Bergel, MA, PhD. Dr. Bergel holds an MA in Physiotherapy, MA in Kinesiology and PhD in Exercise Science.
Rebecca presented a patient history at the Sixth Annual International National Lymphedema Network Conference/Patient Clinic, 2004. She instructed the American Cancer Society & Arroyo Grande Hospital volunteer outreach training program for the newly diagnosed and guest lectured at Cuesta College Biological Science Department Anatomy Lab, 2009.
Rebecca served on the Board of Directors for Enhancement, Inc., now Lymphedema Seminars. In conjunction with the Hearst Cancer Resource Center, San Luis Obispo County Medical Society and the National Lymphedema Network, Enhancement worked to improve the quality of life for breast cancer survivors as well as provided patients & healthcare professionals support regarding diagnosis, education and treatment of lymphedema.
In addition to being in successful practice on the Central Coast since 1996, Rebecca is the Dermatopathology Services Director at Western Diagnostic Services Laboratory.
"After pericardial window surgery in 2005 for idiosyncratic pericarditis, my cardiac window began calcifying in 2007 creating recurring pericarditis. I began seeing Rebecca in 2007 with the hope of avoiding surgery to remove my pericardium, a difficult and dangerous surgery. The results were extremely successful. Rebecca manually drained my pericardium, eliminating the pericarditis. The pericardial calcification ceased as well. Rebecca has recently helped with a pleural effusion and some rather severe intestinal difficulties.
I am extremely grateful for her openness and expertise in her field."
Liz Cecchi-Ewing, MA
"Rebecca is a gifted MLD therapist. I've undergone three cancer related surgeries with no treatment for lymphedema. I started experiencing lymphatic build up in my legs and feet. Her trained and sensitive hands worked the sites where there was build up, drainage began immediately and has continued with treatment. I've referred several people to Rebecca and their experience has been excellent as well. I highly recommend Rebecca to anyone who is experiencing lymphedema."Robert H. Simmons, PhD
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