International Classes in Austria

Vodder-Certified MLD Therapists

MLD Basic class

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

MLD Therapy I class

The practical sessions of this course include special techniques for the joints, the head (including intra-oral) and abdomen. They introduce the student to therapeutic applications. A review of all Basic techniques and sequences is given. Lymphedemas are described and how Manual Lymph Drainage can affect them. In the theory sessions, advanced theory and current research is discussed as well as a review of Basic theory. An oral, written and practical exam is given to test the student's competence in Basic techniques and theory. We are sorry we do not offer Basic and Therapy I classes in English in Austria.

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Lymphology Winter Meeting 11 - 12 January 2019

Topic of the Meeting:

How has the knowledge of MLD / CDT and its pracical application changed since the 1980s?

Venues: Mulit-Purpose Hall Walchsee and Wittlinger Lymphedema clinic
Alleestraße 30, 6344 Walchsee

Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy an attractive leisure program in the beautiful surroundings of the Walchsee and Kaiserwinkl area.

Language: German and English (simultaneous interpretation)


ATTENTION: subject to alterations!

Friday 11.01.2019 - Practical Part

in Wittlinger Lymphedema Clinic

09:00 - 16:00 Manual Lymph Drainage

09:00 - 10:15 bzw. 14:45 - 16:00 Workshops 
WS 1 Excessive Muscle Strain in Lymphedema Patients – Presentation of Marnitz’s Soft Tissue Technique
        09:00 - 10:15 G and 14:45 - 16:00 E

WS 2 Instruction in Back and Spine Exercises for Lymphedema Patients
        09:00 - 10:15 E and 14:45 - 16:00 G

10:45 - 12:00 bzw. 13:00 - 14:15 Workshops
WS 3 Demonstration of Fibrosis Techniques
        10:45 - 12:00 G and 13:00 - 14:15 E (SOLD OUT)

WS 4 Principles of Therapy and Measurement of Face and Head Edema
        10:45 - 12:00 E and 13:00 - 14:15 G (SOLD OUT)

The workshops will be alternatively held in German an in English. G= German / E = English

Presentations by companies - in German only 

9:00 – 10:00 Circaid – Compression Made Easier – Medi Austria
10:15 – 11:15 Optimal Management of Lymphatic Therapy with Compression Aids Made of Innovative Materials – Practical Tips to Facilitate Donning Compression Aids – OFA Austria
11:30 – 12:30 Modern Compression Therapy in Lymphology – Juzo
13:00 – 14:00 Deep-Acting Oscillations – an Effective Therapeutic Aid in Lymphedema, Fibrosis, Posttraumatic Treatment and Pain – Physiomed
14:15 – 15:15 The Perfect Complement to Successful Edema Therapy – BSN
15:30 – 16:30 Intermittent Pneumatic Compression – Part of CDT – Bösl Medizintechnik


Friday 11.01.2019 - Scientific Part

16:00 - 16:45 General Assembly by GfMLV
17:00 - 17:50 Opening - Keynote address
                    Lymphologisches Wissen vom Makro zum Mikro -Kosmos / Dr. Rainer Pawelke

17:50 - 19:10 Session 1: Therapeutic Change

  • Anatomical knowledge of lymphatic vessels from 1980 to the present / Prof. Dr. Erich Brenner
  • Therapeutic options in lymphedema patients in the past and today / Prim. Dr. Christian Ure
  • Lipedema therapy - changes since the 1980s  / Dr. Axel Baumgartner
  • The ideal CDT situation versus one Montreal (Quebec, Canada) hospital clinic’s reality; How we are treating and helping our patients. / Marie-Eve Letellier

20:00 Get together Party

Saturday 12.01.2019 - Scientific Part

in the Walchsee Multi-Purpose Hall

08:30 - 09:45 Session 2: Diagnostic & Surgical Aspects

  • Imaging procedures available since the 1980s to prove the effect of MLD on lymphedema – how much can ICG help in this context?/ / Dr. med. Franz Josef Schingale
  • Different lymphoscintigraphy findings in repeat examinations and paradoxical lymphoscintigraphy results / Dr. med. Justus Brauer
  • Surgical therapy of lymphedema / M.D. Ph.D. MBA Chieh-Han John TZOU
  • Surgical strategy in lymphoedema: Lymph node transplantation: indications, technique,results, combinations / Dr. Corinne Becker

10:15 - 11:15 Session 3:Different Approaches for Therapy and Studies

  • "evidence vs. practice" Influencing edema after sports injuries and artificial joint replacement / Julia Baumann
  • Fascial techniques and lymphedema – dysfunctional fascial conditions and lymphedema. Can dysfunctional fascial conditions have negative effects on lymphedema? / Geissler Benno
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) in lymphology / Prof. Dr. Karsten Knobloch

11:15 - 11:55 Session 4: Effectiveness of MLD in Mammary Carcinoma Patients

  • Effect of Dr.Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage for Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema. / Dr. Ying Liu
  • Phantom breast pain treatment with Vodder´s Manual Lymphdrainge / Yolanda Robledo Do Nascimento

11:55 - 13:00 Break / Lunch and visit to company exhibition
13:00 - 15:30 Leisure / Lymph Activity Program
15:30 - 16:00 Dr. Vodder/ G. Wittlinger Award Ceremony

16:00 - 17:35 Session 5: Experience from Eceryday Practice (Challenges in Everyday Practice)

  • Outpatient care of patients with lymphedema, routine practice and complications / Dr. Melanie Wohlgenannt
  • Lymphedema and the human mind – experiences from working with inpatients suffering from lymphedema / MMag. Dr. Barbara Mösinger-Strubreither
  • Belly or Brain Quo vadis? The 21st century is the age of digitisation / Dr. Christine Heim-Gruteser
  • Why do the results of MLD therapy in practice differ from those found in research studies? / Robert Harris

17:35 - 18:30 Session 6: Lectures on other topics

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for edema´s / Dr. Alaa Sheta
  • Effectiveness of manual lymphatic drainage massage in alleviating post-concussion symptoms in adolescents / Miriam Gaudelli
  • The Hybrid approach to treating severe lower-extremity lymphoedema / Yuko Takanishi

18:30 - 18:40 Farewell and End 

Leisure program - Sat, 12 January 2019

13:00 - 15:30  Horse and Carriage Ride
13:00 - 15:30  Snowshoe Hike
13:00 - 15:30  Cross-Country Skiing (training)
13:00 - 15:30  Sledging



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Conference management

Partsch-Brokke Ursula
Tel/Fax: 0043 (0) 2672 88996


Tourismusverband Kaiserwinkl, Dorf 15, A-6345 Kaiserwinkl

Tel.: +43 (0) 501-100,,


Wittlinger Therapiezentrum
Alleestrasse 30, A-6344 Walchsee, Tel: +43 (0)5374 5245-0,

Hotel Das Walchsee
Johannesstrasse 1, A-6344 Walchsee, Tel: +43 5374 5331,

Hotel Garni Ilgerhof
Dorfplatz 4, A-6344 Walchsee/Tirol, Telefon: +43 (0) 5374 5251
Telefax: +43 (0) 5374 5251-42,

Hotel Moarhof
Schwaigs 42, 6344 Walchsee, Tel. +43 (0)5374 5378,

Hotel Wildauerhof
Sonnleiten 51, 6344 Walchsee, Tel: +43 5374 5253,

MLD Therapy II & III class in English language
June 10th - June 21st, 2019


Successful completion of the Therapy I exam enables the student to continue to these final two courses which are taught consecutively. They cover various pathologies with an emphasis on lymphedema treatment in the context of Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT). Theoretical instruction is given by a physician expert in the field. Bandaging and specific MLD treatments are taught. 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 Vodder-Certified MLD Therapists.

MLD Review class, July 8th - July 12th, 2019

We are pleased to offer another REVIEW/RE-CERTIFICATION in Walchsee. The Review will be another international one. The "official" language will be English, but you might hear other languages as well.

Those who have already been in Walchsee for such an event know that we only work during the morning. The afternoon is free for all kinds of activities – and there are lots of them. Swimming in the lake (depending on weather conditions), paddling, hiking, mountain biking, visiting Innsbruck, Salzburg or Munich, or simply rest and enjoy the leisure time. The School offers an indoor swimming-pool, sauna, steam bath and a workout room.

Lymph Edema Clinic Austria

Set in the enchanting surroundings of Tyrol’s Kaiserwinkl region, Wittlinger's Lymphedema Clinic has been Europe's center for excellence in lymphedema treatment for more than 40 years. 

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