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Everything You Need to Know About Lymphatic Drainage

We are sure you have heard about something called lymphatic drainage, or lymphatic massage, but what is it? Does it have any benefits? Today at AOL Massage we talk about everything you need to know about lymphatic drainage. 

Lymphatic massage is a type of medical massage. It can help treat lymphedema, in which lymphatic fluid collects in certain areas of the body because it cannot drain away. Its main goal is to improve the flow of lymph fluid, which helps reduce swelling. Massaging an area that’s not swollen will make space for fluid to flow to those parts from more congested areas.

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There are two types of lymphatic drainage: manual and simple. Only certified therapists can do the manual type. While the simple one can be done by a person at home.
Nontheless, if you plan to do the last, always look to learn from a specialist. It is important to know where and how much pressure apply.


As the lymph fluid flows thanks to the massage, swelling decreases. This leads to a feeling of relief, because the preassure over the limbs is less. Allowing you to move easily without discomfort. Besides, the drainage helps your body eliminate toxins, reducing the chances of getting sick.

Who can make the most benefit of it?

Anyone can have a lymphatic massage. But there are people with certain condition that can take the most benefit of it. We already mentioned lymphedema, but people with rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic venous insufficiency would really enjoy this type of massage. Due to the release of pressure that occurs on the body.

Yet, lymphatic drainage is popular among patients with cancer. Due to their treatment, they tend to develop lymphedema, specially patients that went under a breast cancer surgery. This massage is often indicated as part of the treatment too. Thanks to its benefits.

Important! Do not forget to drink enough water after your massage. This will help your body eliminate all the toxins that the drainage moved.

Everything You Need to Know About Lymphatic Drainage

Does it have risks?

By general rule, lymphatic drainage doesn’t have any contraindications. However, it is not reccomended for people who have certain conditions. This are:

  • Any kind of heart condition.
  • Kidney failure.
  • Blood clots.
  • Infection.

Remember to always consult with your doctor before having a lymphatic drainage.

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