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Sinusitis is an extremely common disorder in the Cincinnati area. Many people suffer an attack after every common cold. It seems that once the tendency to sinus infection is established, recurrence is more likely with each cold.

At Tri-State Lymphedema Clinic we have been helping our patients for over 14 years. We offer a proven treatment of gentle, rhythmic massage movements which follow the natural lymphatic passageways of the head and neck. This treatment called Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) encourages natural sinus drainage without sprays or medication. We have had excellent results on patients who have tried endless rounds of medication.

Most sinusitis is caused by infection spreading to the sinuses from the nose along the narrow passages that drain mucous from the sinuses into the nose. It is usually the result of a bacterial infection that develops as a complication of a viral infection, such as a cold. In some people, inhalation of harmless particles (allergens) triggers an exaggerated response from the immune system, which forms antibodies against them. These allergens also trigger the release of histamines which cause inflammation and excess fluid production in the lining of the nose and nasal sinuses.

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)

MLD is a unique therapy by which the movement of fluids in the tissues is stimulated. The rhythmic massage of MLD stimulates the contraction of lymph vessels, encouraging the natural flow of lymph fluid. The enhanced lymph fluid movement helps to quickly decongest the connective tissue.

MLD traces its roots to Dr. Emil Vodder and his wife Estrid who were working as physical therapists in Cannes on the French Riviera in 1932. The majority of their patients were English, who were there to recover from their colds. The main symptoms being nose and throat infections, headaches, blemished, oily skin and swollen lymph nodes; all leading to chronic inflammation of the nasal sinuses. Dr. Vodder realized that the nasal sinuses were connected to the cervical lymph nodes by lymph vessels. By 1936, Dr. Vodder and his wife had compiled a series of systematic and precise massage movements using a combination of practical experiences, anatomical knowledge and intuition, which became known as Manual Lymph Drainage.

Each relaxing treatment lasts 45 minutes and is performed by a Nationally Certified therapist in a private treatment room.




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