Manual Lymphatic Drainage - benefits and contraindications.


Manual Lymphatic Drainage uses light, gentle pressure to stimulate the lymphatic system, reduce inflammation, and detox your system.

What is the lymphatic system? This is your body’s waste management system; it clears away bacteria, cell debris, excess water, proteins, and wastes from the connective tissue and returns it to the bloodstream for ultimate removal by the kidneys. As the lymphatic system has a slow rhythm with the capillaries located just under the skin, using light pressure is recommended to effectively move lymph fluid.

What conditions can benefit from manual lymph drainage?

  • Pre surgery: cleansing away wastes preparing the body for surgery.

  • Post surgery: 4 weeks post surgery with doctor’s approval, removing wastes and excess fluid away from the tissue helping to facilitate the healing process.

  • Acute injury to soft tissue where inflammation is present: helps to reduce inflammation.

  • Chronic pain or past injuries: helps to reduce pain and inflammation.

  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain: helps to decongest tissue and reduce pain.

  • Lymphedema: gently pumps lymph fluid from the tissue to be returned to the circulatory system, cleansed, and removed by the kidneys. *Reduction in lymphedema may be a slower process and may require multiple sessions.

  • Seasonal detox: it is beneficial for most people to have a manual lymph drainage session with the change of the season. Detoxes the body and relaxes the mind to start anew.

What conditions are contraindicated for manual lymph drainage?

  • Acute infections

  • Serious circulatory issues

  • Diabetes mellitus

  • Endocrine conditions

  • Epilepsy

  • Gastrointestinal conditions or inflammation