HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Students and healthcare professionals seeking to earn certification on manual lymphatic drainage can do so with an event being hosted by the Wallace State Community College Alumni Association. A Manual Lymphatic Drainage Certification Course will be held May 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily on the seventh floor of the Bevill Building on the Hanceville campus.
Training will be conducted by Elisa DiFalco, MS, OT, LMT, from the MLD Institute International. This certification is designed for massage therapists, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants.
The use of MLD has become popular in recent years, especially in regards to sports medicine. According to DiFalco, the NFL’s hiring for MLD certified graduates has brought a lot of interest to this growing field.
According to the MLD Institute International, MLD can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including leg ulcers, diabetic ulcers, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease. It can be used after before and after surgery to help with scars, keloids, edema, and after C-sections and joint replacements.
MLD can be helpful with sports injuries, including hematomas, torn muscles, dislocations, fractures and tendonitis. It can aid patients dealing with burns, pain management, phantom pain, constipation, rheumatism, and Down’s Syndrome. It can also be used to treat obesity, lipedema, acne, hair loss, swollen eyes/sinuses and in cosmetic dentistry.
The five-day workshop is $599 for students and $799 for professionals. As it is a hands-on workshop, it is suggested attendees wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring water and snacks. A daily lunch break will be scheduled.