Indications and uses for Lymphatic Drainage Therapy


Uses of LDT

·        Detoxification

o       Chemical addiction - (smoking etc, environmental, man made)

o       Chemo Therapy - (it has a long half life, since it is a shotgun approach it can linger in tissue throughout the body and studies show there is a higher complain of mental fatigue after treatment)

o       Toxicity  - the body needs to move, if it becomes static it can become stagnant - the longer a toxin is in your body the more opportunity it has to harm you - external environmental toxins - internal environmental toxins -

o       Helps to clear pre surgical interstitial environment - helps clear the localized tissue prior to surgical intrusion - helps to reduce post surgical edema - increases healing time

·        Fluidic balance

o       Reduces edema in interstitial environment - fluid needs to move through the tissue, imbalances in fluidic pressure can promote stagnation

o       Reduces inflammation post surgical (improves healing time dramatically)

o       Improves liquid transmission throughout the body (you get more energy, your body feels better and it works easier)

·        Improves Humoral Immune function

o       AID’s,

o       chronic recurring colds,

o       Fibromyalgia, (helps to break the pain / insomnia cycle) - fibro flare

o       Chronic Fatigue


·        Tissue Regeneration

o       Better the circulation, fluidic balance and transport, the more efficient the regeneration of tissue

Indications for the use of LDT

  • Traumatic: torn muscles, sprain articulations, joint dislocations, knee edemas after meniscus and ligament lesions, tendonitis, tendonsynovitis, fractures (pre-, in, post cast), hematomas, ski thumb injuries. Reduction of the edema helps make for an early less painful mobilization, or prepare the clients tissue before applying the plaster.
  • Post infectious (ORL, odontological, etc)
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatologic: chronic eczema, etc
  • Esthetic
  • Pediatric - safe for children for any pathology listed
  • Premenstrual
  • Gastroenterology
  • Gynecologic
  • Gerontology
  • General / Metabolic
  • Neurologic: neuralgia, facial paresia, multiple sclerosis, etc
  • Edemas associated with rheumatism or autoimmune diseases (ie arthrosis, polyarthritic, PSH)
  • Nephrologic
  • Ophthalmology
  • Surgical
  • Lipolymphedema
  • Edemas of venolymphatic origin
  • Arteritic ulcers and other types, including diabetes mellitus ulcers
  • Arterial hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Arteritis intermittent claudication (intermittent limping)
  • Raynauds Disease


We can drain all conditions: from the first early stages of venous diseases up to varicose veins, post thrombotic leg edemas and hypodermitis, and even late chronic complications such as venous ulcers.


  • Pre surgery: prepares the tissue for the intervention, drains the tissue, clears the lymph passages before the post surgical edema
  • Post Surgery - assist normal function of processing fluid, removal of waste, reduction in instances of infection
  • Scars, fibrosis (cicatrisation effect, anti-pain, anti infection), and some effects against hypertrophy or keloid scars
  • For any surgery removing major lymph nodes (post mastectomy, post prostatectomy, post hysterectomy, post-ovariectomy, post-nephrectomy, ORL surgery, tumor removal)
  • Post-Phlebitis and post-thrombosis surgery
  • Post-trauma surgery
  • Limb amputation
  • Prosthetic surgery
  • Skin Transplant
  • Burns
  • Oral Surgery, face surgery, face lifting, ear lifting
  • Vein stripping

Dentistry, Orthodontics

  • Tooth pain
  • Post extraction pain, edema, inflammation, hematomas, scars, etc
  • Tooth realignment
  • Root Canal, orthodontic surgery
  • Gingivopathy (gum disease)
  • Periodontitis (inflammation or degeneration of the teeth, adjacent bones or gums)
  • Periodontal disease



  • Acne vulgaris
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrhea
  • Chronic and allergic eczema: (except at beginning stage)
  • Perioral dermatitis
  • Chloasma
  • Pre and post surgical Facelift



  • Wrinkles: Lymph drainage hydrates the skin, nurtures wrinkles, removes toxins, regenerates skin tissue, tones skin, and relaxes facial muscles
  • Skin complexion
  • Erythrosis (telangiectasia or couperose)
  • Hematosis
  • “Bags” under the eyes
  • Alopecia, Hair Loss
  • Adiposis, cellulite
  • Breast Ptosis (sagging breasts)


Gastroenterology (esophagus, intestines) – Hepatology (liver)

  • Chronic Constipation
  • Chronic gastritis, gastroenteritis, stress ulcers, entercolitis, chronic colitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis, Crohns disease
  • Diverticulitis, diverticulosis
  • Chronic appendicitis
  • Chronic pancreatic insufficiency, chronic pancreatitis
  • Malabsorbtion, celiac disease
  • Hemorrhoids, praritis ani, proctitis, anal fissure
  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Chronic cholecystitis, cholangitis
  • Food poisoning


General /Metabolic

  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epstein Bar Virus,
  • Autonomic dystonia
  • Chronic pain
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Snoring
  • Detoxification
  • Toxic chemical poisoning
  • Jet lag
  • Alcohol hangover
  • Metabolic effects on cholesterol, uric acid (gout)



  • LDT is a very good technique to use with elderly people because of the profound effects on tissue regeneration and oxygenation, deep cleansing of the body, immune system stimulation, stress release, and health maintenance. You can apply LDT for almost every indication with elderly people because of its gentleness and harmlessness. LDT can be used at home as a family practice. Care should be observed in the first 3 or 4 treatments.
  • Cerebral degeneration, memory loss.



  • Menstruation: PMS, painful or hemorrhagic menstrues, breast pain or swollen breasts (from menstrues, oestro-progestatif pill)
  • Pregnancy: Stretch marks (belly, breasts): “striata gravidarium,” “cutis striata lymphostatica”. About 50 % of them can usually be alleviated. It isi a very long process and the results are better if the drainage begins in the early stages.
  • Swollen legs, varicose veins
  • Breast feeding: breast soreness, cracks or fissures in the puerperal period, prevention  o r treatment of scarring, anti infection
  • Aberrations of normal development or involution (ANDI), Fibrocystic mastopathy,
  • Infertility


Infectious diseases

  • Chronic amygdalitis, pharyngitis, Laryngitis, rhinitis, otitis, syringitis,
  • Chronic sinusitis frontalis, maxilaris.
  • Allergic nasal cattarh
  • HIV, AIDS, autoimmune



  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Post trauma symptoms (Headache, Vertigo)
  • Cerebrovascular accident (stroke), hemiplegia, chronic ischemia syndrome, apoplexia, various encephalopathies
  • Concussions (commotion cerebri, commoto spinalis
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Cerebral spastic infantile (cerebral palsy, Little’s disease)
  • Neuralgia facial, intercostal neuralgia
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Parkinson’s disease, choreic disorders,
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Memory disorders
  • Peripheral nerve  disorders/cranial nerve disorders
  • Myopathy, muscular dystrophies or atrophies
  • Spinal poliomyelitis (edemas)
  • Epilepsy



  • Visual Acuity
  • Scotomas
  • Chronis dacryocystitis (Infection of the lachrymal sac
  • Blepharitis (Inflammation of the eyelid margins)
  • Chronic Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Chronic edema of the eyelids
  • Retinal detachment
  • Macular degeration
  • Retinitis pigmentosa



  • Trauma
  • Hematoma
  • Sprain
  • Dislocation, subluxation
  • Ligament and meniscus pathologies
  • Fracture
  • Post Fracture or post sprain symptoms (pain, discomfort)



  • Neck pain
  • Whiplash
  • Lower back pain (lumbago, lumbalgia)
  • Sciatica syndrome


Otorhinolaryngology – ORL (ear, nose and throat)

  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Hearing loss, otosclerosis
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Asialia-hyposialie
  • Sjogren’s syndrome (dry eyes and mouth)


Pneumology, Allerology

  • Chronic Bronchitis, emphysemal bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Post-plueritic disorders
  • Silicosis: pneumoconiosis resulting from inhalation of silica (quartz) dust
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hay Fever


Rheumatology (bone articulation, musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders)

  • Arthrosis (neck, shoulders, hips, knees), polyarthrosis deformans
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, juvenille rheumatoid arthritis, polyarthritic
  • Anklosing spondylitis, (anklopoietic spondylarthritis)
  • Gout, Chondrocalcinosis, (psuedogout)
  • Psoriatic arthritis (psoriasis associated w/ arthritis)
  • Allergic arthropathies, endocrine arthropathies, diabetic arthropathies, etc
  • Lupus erythematosus
  • Scleroderma
  • Fibromyalgia Syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • RSDS (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome) Sudeks Atrophy (Traumatic osteoporosis, algoneurdystrophy, or shoulder arm syndrome)
  • Myositis, myofibrositis, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis
  • Fibrositis syndrome (bursitis, tendonitis, tenosynovitis, tendoperiotosis, etc
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral humeral epicondylitis)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dupuytrens Contracture
  • Spasmodic torticollis
  • Nocturnal paresthetic brachialigia