Over the course of the past 15-20 years, the importance of the lymphatic system has been gaining recognition in the world of medicine – especially due to the discovery of lymphatic channels in the brain. This lecture explains how manual lymph drainage treatments can aid healing in the body, whether the cause of the dysfunction of the lymphatics is due to

  • eg surgery
  • chronic medical and neurological conditions (eg neuralgia, Chronic regional pain syndrome (used to be called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy),
  • conditions that have chronic pain and inflammation as a common pathological pathway, eg rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, diabetic arthropathies, chronic gout (not in acute flare), allergic arthritis, intestinal disorders associated with inflammatory arthritis and arthropathies related to other medical conditions. In addition,
  • swelling due to eg wounds, venous insufficiency, trauma, lymphoedema.

Who Should Enrol

Physiotherapists, orthotist/prosthetists, doctors, occupational therapists

Course Design

Online Course

Course Content

There are six short lectures which make up one 1.5 hour lecture. These cover the use of manual lymph drainage for faster healing in both the pre- and post-operative periods, skin conditions, breast conditions, pregnancy and abdominal conditions.

Course Highlights

The field of lymphology is becoming more and more an area of research in the medical world, as its importance and effects on all the body systems have become more recognised. Manual lymph drainage is a specialised form of massage, that targets the lymphatic system, rather than muscles, ligaments, etc. It is important for all health professionals to know about this specialised therapy, in order to refer their patients when appropriate.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this lecture candidates will have a better understanding of where, why and how manual lymph drainage can aid in the healing process.


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This lecture describes the practical applications of Manual Lymph Drainage, eg its use in surgery support, chronic medical and neurological conditions, chronic pain and inflammation, and swelling.