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Manual lymphatic drainage

Physiotherapy aimed at promoting the circulation of lymphatic fluid in your body.

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    What is manual lymphatic drainage?

    Manual lymphatic drainage is a special physiotherapy technique that aims to stimulate the lymph flow in your body. This fluid plays a crucial role in filtering out toxins and transporting nutrients to cells throughout the body. Accumulations of excess fluid in the tissue, whether caused by injury or disease, can cause swelling and discomfort. By gently massaging the skin and underlying tissue, manual lymphatic drainage promotes the drainage of this excess fluid, allowing it to circulate better in the body.

    This treatment method is not only effective for swelling caused by injury or illness, but also for chronic lymphoedema. Manual lymphatic drainage can also reduce inflammation, support wound healing and contribute to relaxation.

    Manual lymphatic drainage

    Duration and price of lymphatic drainage: 60 min €100 / 45 min €80 / 30 min €60
    Cash refund €40 - €80
    Preparations: No special preparations
    Duration of the results: Depending on the problem, repetition of the treatment often necessary

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    Advantages of manual lymphatic drainage

    When manual lymphatic drainage is applied correctly, it can bring numerous benefits, such as

    Reduction of swelling

    This method reduces swelling by helping to drain excess fluid from affected areas, allowing for more efficient circulation in the body.

    Relief from pain

    Manual lymphatic drainage helps to reduce pain by improving blood circulation, which in turn reduces pain and discomfort associated with swelling.

    Promotion of wound healing

    It supports the healing process of wounds by stimulating blood circulation and thus supplying injured or surgically treated tissue with important nutrients and oxygen.

    Strengthening the immune system

    Manual lymphatic drainage increases the activity of white blood cells by improving blood circulation, which strengthens the immune system against bacterial and viral infections.

    Improving relaxation

    Through its gentle touches and rhythmic movements, manual lymphatic drainage contributes to deeper relaxation and lowers stress levels in patients suffering from chronic pain or other health problems associated with their condition.

    Types of manual lymphatic drainage

    The selection of the appropriate method for manual lymphatic drainage is based on factors such as age, medical history and symptom severity. Here are some common methods:

    Traditional manual lymphatic drainage

    This technique involves slow, rhythmic strokes along the lymphatic pathways to improve the flow in these pathways and reduce congestion.

    Vodder technology

    Developed by Dr. Emil Vodder, this method aims to release blockages through light pressure and focuses on specific pathways, allowing for more flexible treatment of different conditions.

    Leduc technology

    Developed by Dr. Jean Pierre Leduc, this method is mainly used for chronic conditions such as lymphedema and focuses on unblocking congested areas as opposed to stimulating healthy areas in traditional methods.

    Combined decongestive therapy

    This combined approach involves physical therapy exercises and regular sessions, focusing more on stimulation than decongestion, unlike the Leduc technique.

    Pneumatic compression therapy

    Inflatable cuffs are placed around affected extremities and connected to pumps that use the air pressure to regulate compression and thus support the reduction of edema.

    Non-invasive lipo-massage

    A newer technique that uses devices that rest against the surface of the skin and perform a suction massage to remove excess fluid from the tissue.

    FAQ manual lymphatic drainage

    Frequently asked questions about manual lymph drainage treatment

    Lymphatic drainage for swelling is a physiotherapeutic method that aims to reduce swelling caused by excess body fluids. It includes gentle massage techniques that activate the lymphatic system to improve the flow of lymphatic fluid.

    The frequency of treatments depends on individual needs. Two to three applications per week are usually recommended. Your physiotherapist will advise you and draw up a treatment plan tailored to your needs and goals.

    This treatment helps to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and discomfort, improve mobility, support the healing process and promote blood circulation in affected areas.

    Wear comfortable clothing that allows access to the treatment area and avoid heavy meals before the session to avoid discomfort. Drink plenty of water before the treatment to achieve optimum results.

    This form of therapy is generally very gentle and should not cause pain or discomfort. If you feel unwell, please inform your therapist so that they can adjust their technique.

    Yes, children can benefit from lymphatic drainage, provided the treatment is carried out by professionals trained in pediatric massage techniques.

    Results vary depending on the individual situation, but many people experience improved mobility, range of motion and a reduction in inflammation and pain within a few weeks of starting treatment.

    Yes, as a rule this is safe. However, consult your therapist before applying hot or cold compresses, especially if you have sensitive skin or inflammation.

    Most sessions last around 60 minutes, depending on the individual needs and goals set by the treating therapist.

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