Manual Lymph Drainage

The Superficial Lymph Circulation of the Torso

Manual lymph drainage is a light repetitive technique used to pump lymphatic fluid through the lymphatic capillaries. The therapist hands are soft and relaxed. Each manipulation is repeated and the strokes are unidirectional and overlapping. A pressure of 20 to 40 mm Hg is used. These techniques can be used to treat the whole body or a localized area. Lymphatic drainage reduces pain, lymphedema, toxins, excess fibrin and metabolic products in the inflammatory process. Your therapist will do an assessment before your first treatment to determine the length and frequency of the treatments.

Benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage


  1. MLD reduces lymphedema in an arm or leg, due to surgery, infection or venous insufficiency. Compression garment or bandaging may be involved, depending on the condition.

  2. MLD reduce fluid retention when a part or the whole body is involved.

  3. MLD helps with sinus conditions, headaches.

  4. MLD aids in the reduction of scar tissue, adhesion and fibrosis.

  5. MLD is beneficial in reducing inflammation following surgery.

  6. MLD is used in prevention and general well being.


Please note * for anyone that is booking an appointment post-surgery for lymphedema, please bring your physician's referral with you. Thank you.