Lymphatic drainage

Lymphatic drainage

Lymphatic drainage is a specific type of massage practiced in order to address reduced lymphatic circulation and/or fluid stagnation in the periphery.

Therapeutic indications:

  • pre and post pregnancy
  • primary lymphatic edema
  • secondary lymphatic edema
  • oncological setting
  • traumatic field
  • post-surgical
  • rheumatologic affections
  • systemic diseases (scleroderma)
  • venous edema (venous, arterial, diabetic ulcers)
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • cellulitis
  • in association with diets

Techniques practiced in our practice:

  • Vodder's manual technique which aims to stimulate the mechanical flow of lymph with the purpose of reducing peripheral edema, improving blood/lymphatic circulation and improving tissue oxygenation
  • Leduc's manual technique, which is based on a smaller number of maneuvers depending on the disorder being treated and aims to remove proteins from infiltrated areas.

Both approaches can be accompanied by elasto-compressive bandaging and lymphatic taping, namely:

  • elasto-compression bandaging represents the primary therapy for stasis ulcers where the application of external pressure to the skin surface becomes essential
  • lymphatic taping can be a valuable therapeutic support by amplifying the stretching/contraction effect, resulting in a pump effect.

Lymphatic drainage is recognized by both the Health Insurance Funds (Cassa Malati) and the Supplementary Insurances (we are recognized by RME, ASCA, SNE) and Sports Rehab provides the service by having on its staff physical therapists certified in all the above-detailed lymphatic drainage techniques.