Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual lymphatic drainage is mainly used to treat oedema and help drain oedematous (swollen) tissue in different body regions, such as torso, arms and legs, which can occur after traumata or operations. This therapy is particularly common after tumor treatment or lymph node removal.
Via different therapeutic grip techniques, the lymphatic system is activated, the drainage of accumulated fluids stimulated and simultaneously, the accumulation of new fluids can be prevented.
Further Effects of Manual Lymphatic Drainage:
- Pain alleviation
- Improved mobility
- Tension relief in muscles
- Stimulation of the gastrointestinal tract
- Partial reduction of pain medication, acceleration of the healing process
The effectiveness of lymphatic drainage is proven for various medical conditions.
Further indications for manual lymphatic drainage:
- All orthopaedic and traumatological diseases that coincide with a swelling of tissue
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Scars (improvement of mobility and regeneration of lymph vessels in severed tissue)
- Pain relief (pre and post operations, e.g. knee or hip endoprotheses)
- Water retention (e.g. rheumatic diseases)
- Trigeminal neuralgia
For pronounced lymphatic diseases, complex decongestive therapy (CDT) combines manual lymphatic drainage with compression therapy (compression bandages or fitted compression stockings), skin care and specific movement therapy.