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Manual Lymphatic Drainage

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage ?

Is a lymph method of massage that works on lymph vessel and glands to improve the removal of fluids from the body tissues



  • Transports excess interstitial fluid to the blood
  • Absorbs fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system
  • Defends against invading microorganisms and diseases


Manual Lymph Drainage (MLDV) massage can be used in the treatment of :

  • Lymphoedema
  • Post traumatic and post operative oedema :
    • Swelling of arms after breast removal
    • Swelling caused by total lymph node removal
    • Swelling caused by sports injury
  • Oedeme caused by arthritis
  • Nervous System Problems, including :
    • Bell’s Palsy (facial paralysis)
    • Migraine
    • Constipation
  • Ear-Nose-Throat complaints, including :
    • Tinnitus (ringing in Ear)
    • Sinusitis
  • Pediatric cases : cerebral palsy
  • Circulatory disorders : swelling due to venous stasis


Contra-indications :

  • Cancer
  • Infections / fever or acute inflammation caused by bacteria, viruses, toxins or allergens
  • Organ transplantation
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • First 3 months of pregnancy
  • Asthma
  • Hyperthyroid status
  • Vagotonia 
  • Heart attack ( Cardiac problem )
  • Deep Vein Thrombose (DVT)
  • Thrombophlebitis



  • To stimulate cellular regeneration and to prevent the cellular degeneration process by keeping the body tissues as healthy as possible
  • To enhance body immunity, as good lymph flow can stimulate increase  in the production of lymphocytes
  • To promote relaxation
  • To improve blood and lymphatic circulation
  • To facilitate various bodily fluid processes such as neural stimulation, hormonal transport, and gas exchange
  • To help excrete waste products and limit protein accumulation due to stagnation associated with swelling / injury

In MLDV, the therapist uses his / her fingers and palms to stimulate and facilitate the natural pumping motion of the body’s lymphatic vessels.