Is Manual Lymph Drainage Right For You?


Manual lymph drainage is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissue back to the heart.

Lymph Drainage for Detoxification 

Lymph drainage reduces the size of lymphedema swelling. With a lymphatic massage, the therapist uses gentle pressure techniques to move fluids out of affected areas. IMG_9068

Lymph drainage can be used after surgery and can be trained or practiced by the patient to perform on their own.

Manual Lymph Drainage 

  • moves stagnant fluid/toxins
  • improves minor aches and pains
  • stimulates the immune system

2-3 liters lymph is filtered through the lymph system every day.  Manual lymph drainage:

  • improves the lymph flow 20x
  • cures headaches/minor colds
  • treats/improves/reduces edema
  • treats lymphostatic edema/high protein edema
  • treats lymphodynamic edema caused by liver diseases and diabetes

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Manual lymph drainage can be used after sports – to sooth muscle soreness, injury and surgery. This type of therapeutic massage improves regeneration of tissue, enhances circulation, stimulates immune system, promotes healthy scar formation, and relieves fatigue.


  • acute inflammation – tissue is hot, red or painful
  • malignant tumors
  • thrombosis / phlebitis
  • major heart problems


What to Expect:

Manual Lymph Drainage lasts about 30-90 minutes and consists of gentle rhythmic pressure and strokes, always working in the direction towards the heart. Kneading and deep muscle work is not required and clients often fall asleep. The treatment can include the entire body or just a particular swollen area of the body. No oil or cream is needed and the treatment can be followed up by wrapping.





wilma Guest Blogger: Wilma Langeveld is a Dutch educated physical therapist who now lives in the United States. She specializes in connective tissue massage, cranio-sacral and Bowen therapy, lymph drainage, various techniques of massage and nutrition.





Published by Dr. Cora T Huitt

Cora T. Huitt, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD ~Thirty seven years of clinical practice, specializing in women's health for fifteen years. ~BS Degree in Allied Health Professions, Ohio State University, '72. ~Master of Arts in College Teaching (MACT) focus in Physical Therapy & Therapeutic Exercise, University of North Carolina, '76. ~ Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Alabama State University, 2010 ~Attended multiple courses offered in Women's Health Physical Therapy, including Pelvic 1, 2, 3 Course in Women's Health Section APTA. ~Member of VPTA and APTA, Women's Health Section. ~BCIA-PMDB Biofeedback- Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. ~Certified Pilates instructor, ProHealth. ~Affiliate member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. ~Member of International Continence Society. ~Member of National Vulvodynia Association. ~Adjunct Clinical Faculty for student affiliation at multiple universities. ~Director of APTA Women's Health Residency since 2007, credentialed in 2008. (only other residency at Duke Unviersity)

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