What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage-Massage?

Category: Physical Therapy


Lymphatic drainage therapy consists of a manual massage performed by a lymphatic drainage therapist or as appropriate can be self-massaged. A lymphatic drainage massage primarily focuses on specific lymph nodes and points of the body, as well as the natural flow of the lymphatic system.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Water retention in hands and feet 7 0
Facial swelling/puffiness 2 0
Fluid retention (edema) 2 0
Breathing difficulty 1 0
Fibromyalgia 1 0

Show all 15 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Manual Lymphatic Drainage-Massage

Side effect Patients Percentage

Why patients stopped taking Manual Lymphatic Drainage-Massage

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 1
Other 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 3 patients who've stopped going to Manual Lymphatic Drainage-Massage


Stopped going to Manual Lymphatic Drainage-Massage

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 0
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Manual Lymphatic Drainage-Massage.