Is a Lymphatic Drainage Massage Really Worth It?

Is a Lymphatic Drainage Massage Really Worth It?

Lymphatic drainage massage is a type of massage that helps to improve lymphatic circulation. This type of massage has many benefits, including improved immune function, reduced inflammation, and better blood circulation. Lymphatic drainage massage is also beneficial for treating a variety of conditions, such as lymphedema, sinusitis, and headaches. If you are looking for an effective way to improve your health and well-being, a lymphatic drainage massage may be the answer!

Massage Therapy during pregnancy courtesy of Integra Health Centre (Read the caption)

What is lymphatic drainage?

Lymphatic drainage massage is a type of massage that is designed to help move lymph fluid out of the body. You see, the lymph system is a network of vessels and nodes that helps to filter out toxins and other waste products from the blood. 

Lymphatic drainage massage uses gentle, rhythmic pressure to encourage the lymph system to work more efficiently. While the lymph system is designed to work without assistance, sometimes it can become sluggish or blocked. When this happens, lymph fluids can build up and cause swelling, pain, and other symptoms. 

Lymphatic drainage massage can help to alleviate these symptoms by improving lymphatic flow. While the massage itself is not painful, some people may experience mild discomfort as their lymph system is stimulated. Overall, lymphatic drainage massage is a safe and effective way to improve lymphatic function and reduce symptoms associated with sluggish lymph flow.

There are two types of lymphatic drainage: manual and simple. Manual lymphatic drainage is done by a qualified therapist, whereas simple lymphatic drainage is a technique that can be performed at home with the help of a partner. Anyone planning on learning simple lymphatic drainage should receive instruction from a specialist. It is essential to know which area to massage and how much pressure to apply in order to avoid causing further damage.

9 leg exercises that help with Lymphedema courtesy of Markham Lymphatic Centre. (Read caption)

The importance of a clean lymphatic system

The lymphatic system is a vital part of the body, yet many people are unaware of its importance. The lymphatic system helps to remove toxins and waste products from the body, as well as providing immunity against infection. Lymphatic drainage massage can be beneficial for those suffering from conditions such as:

– sinusitis


– lymphedema

And it can also lead to:

– improved immune function

– reduced inflammation

– better blood circulation

Overall, a lymphatic drainage massage is a safe and effective way to improve lymphatic function.

It’s a relatively gentle form of massage, and most people tolerate it well. However, as with any type of massage, there is always the potential for adverse side effects. These may include bruising, soreness, or discomfort. It is important to discuss any concerns with a qualified therapist before a lymphatic drainage massage.

If you would like to find a registered massage therapist near you who does this type of massage just use the search box on this page.

What is Lymphedema courtesy of Markham Lymphatic Centre. (Read caption)


This appointment is your opportunity to tell us what hurts and discover whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care is a good fit for you! During this session, you will talk with a physiotherapist or chiropractor on a phone call (or online) and create the right care plan specifically for your pain. There is no obligation on this session is to find out whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care can help you getting back to doing the things you love in life.

Frequently Asked Questions

After a lymphatic massage, it is important to drink plenty of fluids and eat lymph-supporting foods in order to help the body flush out toxins and waste products. Some suggested lymph-supporting foods include watermelon, cucumber, grapefruit, and ginger. In addition, it is also important to avoid excess consumption of foods that are high in fat and sugar, as these can cause lymph build-up. By following these simple guidelines, you can help ensure that your lymphatic system is functioning optimally.

Some people report after this type of massage they need to urinate more frequently. This is likely due to the fact that lymphatic drainage massage helps to release water retention. When this extra fluid is flushed out of the body, it can lead to a temporary increase in urination frequency.

Before having a lymphatic drainage massage, it is generally recommended to eat a light meal or snack. This is because lymphatic drainage massages can sometimes cause nausea or vomiting. Eating before the massage can help to reduce the risk of these side effects.

About Taylor Sipos

Taylor is a physiotherapist at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic located in Toronto, Ontario. He treats patients with various musculoskeletal conditions using patient education, exercise therapy, manual therapy and acupuncture. His treatment philosophy involves giving his patient’s the means to self-manage their injuries. He does this through reassurance, education and health promotion. Taylor uses the same principles as a patient educator at Pain Hero. He aims to provide you with high-quality, easy to understand information to teach you about your condition and how to improve it.

Medical Disclaimer:

The information presented in this blog post is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, treatment or a diagnosis, consult with a medical professional such as one suggested on this website. The Clinic Accelerator Inc. and the author of this page are not liable for the associated risks of using or acting upon the information contained in this article.

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