Scientific Research on the benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage
These are just a few examples of the scientific research that has been done in the area of Manual Lymph Drainage.
1) FIBROMYALGIA Many studies have been done examining the effects of Manual Lymph Drainage on Fibromyalgia. Results suggest MLD is the most effective type of massage, with longer lasting relief than traditional Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage. For more information, read the results published on Google Scholar. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmpt.2008.12.001, Comparison of Manual Lymph Drainage Therapy and Connective Tissue Massage in Women With Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Controlled Trial
2) ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY A series of treatments in the days following orthopedic surgery can dramatically improve recovery and increase range of motion. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2013.06.009 Randomized Trial Investigating the Efficacy of Manual Lymphatic Drainage to Improve Early Outcome After Total Knee Arthroplasty
3) MIGRAINE PROPHYLAXIS Regular lymphatic drainage has been shown to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. While traditional muscular massage also reduced the frequency, only the lymphatic treatment also reduced the pain medication intake for the migraines that did occur, and when administered early in the onset of a migraine, the study showed MLD to reduce severity and in some cases even stop the migraine. https://europepmc.org/article/med/2672665, Manual lymph drainage in migraine treatment – a pathophysiologic explanatory model,
4) BREAST CANCER SURGERY This study demonstrated that MLD administered early after operation for breast cancer should be considered for the prevention of secondary lymphedema. https://journals.uair.arizona.edu/index.php/lymph/article/view/16974 Efficacy of Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Preventing Secondary Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Surgery