Lymphatic drainage is a specialised, gentle type of medical massage. It may be used as part of your lymphoedema treatment. The aim is to encourage the lymph fluid to move away from the swollen area, so it can drain normally. It also helps lymph fluid drain through the healthy lymph vessels. This helps control swelling.
There are two main types of lymphatic drainage:
- manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)
- simple lymphatic drainage (SLD).
You should only have MLD from a trained lymphatic drainage therapist. It is a short course of treatment.
SLD is something you can be shown how to do yourself. You can continue with this long term.
You should not have other types of massage on the affected area.