Lymphatic drainage

Lymphatic drainage is a hands-on technique designed to attain and sustain proper functioning of the human fluid system. The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body’s ability to drain stagnant fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system (Asdonk, 1970, Adair & Guyton, 1982). It is a complex system comprised primarily of lymph vessels and nodes working in cooperation to accomplish these tasks.

How Does It Work?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle manual technique to aid in the recirculation of body fluids. The pressure is very light as the lymph structures are close to the surface in the superficial lymphatic system. The pressure is matched to the individual and is never forceful.

Therapists trained in this technique are able to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth, and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. The techniques are used to redirect or enhance the flow of lymph to aid in the uptake of interstitial fluid, lymph, and body waste that collects in our tissues.

The Benefits of Lymph Drainage Therapy

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy works to help recirculate body fluids, stimulate the function of the immune system, and promote a state of relaxation and balance within the autonomic nervous system. Results may include:
  • Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of many origins
  • Detoxification of the body
  • Regeneration of tissues (e.g. from burns and pre- and post-surgical scarring) and anti-aging effects
  • Relief of chronic inflammation and conditions such as acne, eczema, and allergies
  • Immune system stimulation for preventive and therapeutic effects
  • Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and Fibromyalgia
  • Relief of chronic pain
  • Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression, stress, loss of vitality, and loss of memory
  • Anti-spastic actions to relieve conditions such as voluntary or involuntary muscle hypertonus
  • Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
More Information:
The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded in 1988 by Saskia R.J. Thiadens, R.N. to provide education and guidance to lymphedema patients, healthcare professionals, and the general public by disseminating information on the risk reduction and management of primary and secondary lymphedema.
The NLN is supported by tax-deductible donations and is a driving force behind the movement in the U.S. to standardize quality treatment for lymphedema patients nationwide. In addition, the NLN supports research into the causes and possible alternative treatments for this often incapacitating, long-neglected condition.