Manual Lymphatic Drainage - DrParés

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage (DLM) is a technique that is aimed at “activating the functioning of the superficial lymphatic system to improve the elimination of interstitial fluid and large molecules and thus optimize its evacuation.”

It is defined as a protocolized series of very soft manual maneuvers and they are performed to drain or displace lymph that for any pathological cause is stagnant, in healthy lymph nodes and thus facilitates its normal evacuation into the venous torrent.

Manual lymphatic drainage (DLM) is a therapeutic technique of gentle and painless massage that aims to treat disorders of the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system is considered part of the circulatory system because it is formed by ducts similar to the capillary vessels, which carry a fluid called lymph that comes from the blood and returns to it. This system is one of the most important of the body, for all the functions it does in favor of cleaning and defending the body.

The ultimate goal of this technique is to activate the circulation of lymph so that it does not stagnate or become saturated with waste substances or harmful germs. Specific manipulations of the DLM are aimed at favoring the passage of lymph into the superficial regional lymph nodes.


  • Acne
  • Cellulite (accumulated fat retains water as if it were a sponge)
  • Facial edema
  • Varicose veins
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tired legs
  • Edema due to pregnancy (prevention of stretch marks, discharge of the legs)
  • Lymphatic edema (e.g. in arm edemas after breast removal)
  • Edema of the nervous system (migraines, headaches, vertigo)
  • Postoperative edema and to improve the presentation of scars
  • Chronic respiratory diseases (rhinitis, sinusitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis …)
  • Edema of traumatic origin: bruises, dislocations, muscle strains, muscle tears, being very suitable for the recovery of athletes
  • Arthritis, osteoarthritis and soft tissue conditions (capsulitis, tendinitis, etc.)
  • Congenital or acquired lymphedema
  • Edema in menstruation
  • neurovegetative dystonia (nerves, anxiety)
  • Pressure sores
  • Bruising

Relative Contraindications

  • Arterial hypotension
  • Thyropathies
  • Some pelvic.
  • Autoimmune allergic diseases (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Bronchial asthma.
  • Acute inflammations (gout, rheumatism, nephritic colic)
  • Nevus (Polka Dots)
  • Post-thrombophlebitis and post-thrombosis.
  • Edema due to congestive heart failure.

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