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Physiotherapy and Pilates in Cascais

Ricarda Kley

Manual lymphatic drainage

Lymphatic Drainage Physiotherapy and Pilates in Cascais

Scope of application of manual lymphatic drainage

The lymphatic drainage is a special form of gentle massage. It serves the decongestion of swollen body parts and the removal of the lymph.
She is a very effective, draining, and even pain therapy, which nowadays is indispensable in the treatment of certain illnesses.
The patient quickly feels a significant relief, so that analgesics can be reduced. The healing process is faster because the body parts are feeling better supplied with oxygenated blood.

The lymph drainage is based on a specific, systematic, fine-dosed manual grabbing technique It is rhythmic, circular, pumping manual sliding techniques, which are defined in a particular order according to the illness treated.
Lymphatic drainage is rarely used as the only draining action. Most of the times an additional compression therapy (bandages, support stockings) and physical therapy as well as skin care measures are applied.

Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is connected in parallel to the vascular system.
Its most important task is the removal of protein-rich fluid from the intermediary cell tissue. The lymphatic system is an important immunological structure.

The Lymph

arises because plasma leaks into tissues through fine capillaries and then washes the body's cells. After its passage through the tissue this protein-rich tissue water is accumulating as"lymph" in the lymphatic system. These redirect the flow of fluid from the arms and legs into the center of the body and finally lead back into the vascular system.
The lymph passes through many lymphatic nodes which filter bacteria, viruses, cell debris and other waste materials from the liquid.
For injuries or surgery, the lymph vessels are often interrupted. The backflow of lymph from the tissues therefore is constrained and lymph is developed in the form of swelling and edema.
Also during inflammatory processes in the body lymphatic fluid is increasingly generated.


  • Lymph edemas
  • Postoperative follow-up treatments
  • Cancer-treatment follow-up
  • Rheumatic diseases
  • Orthopedic disorders
  • Sports Injuries
  • Burns


  • Acute febrile, bacterial infections
  • cardiac edema (swelling of the legs due to decreasing cardiac output)