How to Perform Self Manual Lymph Drainage

Manual lymph drainage is just one component of CDC (complete decongestive therapy). In addition to MLD, complete decongestive therapy incudes compression, exercise, skin care, and education. These therapeutic components, when performed together, can ultimately relieve the symptoms of lipedema, which can often be painful.

When you stimulate the lymphatic system, you will be effect several benefits:

  • Increase the capacity of the lymphatic system, which will then let it process more fluid than normal.
  • Increase the flow through the lymph nodes, which will in turn allow the system to filter out waste, dead cells, excess proteins, and toxins.
  • The production of lymphocytes will increase to heighten the body’s ability to fight infections.


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Other benefits include reduction of pain and swelling, and an increase of venous return and circulation.

What Is Self Manual Lymph Drainage and How Is It Performed?

Many think of manual lymph drainage as a type of massage; however, it is different from traditional massage therapy. When performing self manual lymph drainage, there are several things to keep in mind.

Another important facet of this procedure is the “resting” phase. After performing the stretch and movement, you should then allow the skin to move back to its original position to allow the lymph vessels to absorb the fluids.

The Pump Technique

Another technique of self manual lymph drainage is the pump technique. During this technique, the hand is placed at an angle to the skin. The fingers then stretch the skin, with the thumb on one side of the limb, and the fingers on the other. The wrist then lowers to move the skin in a pumping motion.

Treating Lipedema

Manual lymph drainage is an integral part of the overall therapeutic treatment of lipedema. There are also other therapies that will work hand in hand to provide relief from the symptoms. Contact Dr. Wright today to learn more about treatment options for lipedema.
For more information on Lipedema please visit Lipedema Groups for some valuable information.

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Meet Dr. Thomas Wright, medical director of Laser Lipo and Vein Center. Dr. Wright is a board certified Phlebologist and cosmetic surgery specialist, with over 15 years of practicing experience. A graduate of the University of Missouri Columbia medical program, Dr. Wright was one of the first two hundred surgeons to become a diplomate in Phlebology.

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