Although most people are familiar with blood circulation in the body, few are aware of another equally vital system of circulation - the lymphatic system. After the skin, which is one of the body's physical barriers to infections, part of the first line of defence, this system plays a vital role in the other lines of defence, called the immune response. It includes various lymphoid organs, tissues and vessels and the clear, slightly sticky fluid called lymph.

This fluid is the means by which the lymphatic system picks up cell wastes, proteins, excess fluid, toxins, viruses and bacteria from the spaces between the cells so that they can then be filtered, cleaned and excreted. Application of this knowledge can be done via Manual Lymph Drainage - aiding the crucial role of the lymphatic system in protecting the body from infection, ridding it of waste products and maintaining correct fluid balance.

Who Should Enrol

All Medical Professionals who fall under the following professional boards under the ambit of the HPCSA 

Dietetics and Nutrition

Medical and Dental (and Medical Science)


Podiatry and Biokinetics

Occupational Therapy

Medical Orthotics

Prosthetics Radiology & Clinical Technology

Course Design

Online Course

Course Content

The following topics/modules are covered:

  • The importance of the lymphatic system
  • The lymphatic system - an overview (structure (anatomy) and function (physiology)
  • Comparison of blood circulation with lymphatic circulation, and the effects they have on each other
  • Benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage
  • Techniques used in MLD (Vodder and Casley-Smith methods)
  • Lymphatic system - anatomy and physiology
  • Manual Lymph Drainage
  • 6 sections
    • Introduction
    • Integration
    • Nodes
    • Vessels
    • From Anatomy to Function, theory meets technique

Course Highlights

Lymphatic system - anatomy and physiology

Manual Lymph Drainage

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, candidates will have enough of an understanding of the lymphatic system to be able to assess if they would like to do more advanced studying of the lymphatic system, and/or Manual Lymph Drainage

25 hour course (25 CEU's) accredited by both HPCSA and AHPCSA is currently being offered - see 


10 MCQ's relating to the lecture


South African Society of Physiotherapy


1 General Point


Pass the assessment with 70% to obtain a certificate

1.0 Clinical Point

1.0 Max Points

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An introduction to the lymphatic system, emphasizing application of Manual Lymph Drainage