Manual lymph drainage is a special, gentle form of massage that drains the tissue fluid via the lymphatic system and stimulates lymphangiomotoricity. Slow, rhythmic movements quickly induce a state of relaxation and provide relief to the patient. The treatment time and duration is matched to the illness. Bandages are used with lymph drainage in order to extend its duration.
How it works
Rhythmic circular and at the same time pumping movements along the lymph pathways stimulate the removal of lymph, such as protein or water, through the lymph ducts. This in turn activates the lymphatic system, relaxes the tissues and thus strengthens the immune system.
Application of lymph drainage:
- Torn ligaments
- After and before surgery, especially for treating scars
- Mastectomy (removal of the female or male breast glands)
- Decubitus (pressure ulcers or bed sores)
- Lymphoedema (stage 1, 2 and 3)