Lymphatic drainage is a specialised, gentle type of medical massage. It may be used as part of your lymphoedema treatment. The aim is to encourage the lymph fluid to move away from the swollen area, so it can drain normally. It also helps lymph fluid drain through the healthy lymph vessels. This helps control swelling.
There are several different techniques for MLD. They are all similar, but use different massage movements. Your therapist can tell you more about the method they use and what it involves. Breathing techniques are also an important part of MLD (we have information about this below).
You usually have MLD along with compression garments or bandaging to keep the swelling down. But MLD can be particularly useful in areas where it is difficult to use compression therapy.