Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is a powerful therapeutic technique that can be used to treat a variety of problems ranging from athletic injuries, scar treatment, swelling, surgical recovery, arthritis, edema, headaches and sinus infections to chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. It also appears to have a profound effect on people who are in an emotional crisis, especially those experiencing depression and grief.

Using exacting anatomical science and distinctive manual processes, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy enables therapists to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. From there they can use their hands to perform Manual Lymphatic Mapping (MLM) of the vessels to assess overall circulation and determine the best alternate pathways for draining body-fluid stagnations.

Therapists work with flat hands, using all the fingers to simulate gentle, specific wave-like movements. These subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. It is shown that when these actions are accomplished, the results may be:

  • Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of various origins

  • Detoxification of the body

  • Regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles

  • Anti-aging effects

  • Relief of numerous chronic and subacute inflammations, including sinusitis, bronchitis and otitis

  • Relief of chronic pain

  • Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia

  • Antispastic actions to relieve conditions such as muscle hypertonus and some forms of constipation

  • Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, loss of vitality and loss of memory

  • Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue


  • Presence of acute inflammatory episode such as cellulitis, erysipelas, influenza or active tuberculosis

  • Acute thrombosis

Lymphatic drainage techniques may be used with caution in patients with:

  • Cardiac insufficiency

  • Superior vena cava obstruction

  • chronic inflammation (includes skin problems such as fungal infections in the non-acute stage)

  • asthma

  • thyroid dysfunction

  • history of thrombosis