Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

Indications for Lymph Drainage Therapy

Dentistry, Orthodontics 

     Tooth pain

     Post-extraction pain, edema, inflammation, hematoma, scarring, etc.

     Orthodontia

     Root canal, orthodontic surgery

     Gingivopathy (gum disease)

     Periodontitis

Dermatology

    Acne vulgarisms

     Rosacea

     Seborrhea

     Chronic and allergic eczema:  Avoid the area in the early stage to prevent inflammatory 

     or allergic reactions

     Perioral dermatitis (I.e. from cortisone treatment)

     Cholasma

     Certain pigmentation spots

Esthetic/Cosmetic Applications

     Skin complexion 

     Erythrosis (telamgiectasia or couperose)

     Hematosis

     Tissue ptosis 

     Wrinkles

     Alopecia, hair loss

     Adiposis, cellulite

General/Metabolic

     Stress

     Fatigue 

     Chronic pain

     Chronic fatigue syndrome 

     Autonomic dystonia 

     Sleeping disorders

     Snoring

     Detoxification: fasting, dieting, tobacco withdrawals, withdrawal from other substance

     dependency 

     Toxic chemical poisoning 

     Jet lag

     Alcohol hangover

     Metabolic effects on cholesterols, uric acid, etc.

                                                                        

Geriatrics 

LDT is a good technique to use with elderly people because of its profound efficacy in promoting tissue regeneration and oxygenation and deep cleansing of the body.  It also has a stimulating effect on the immune system. It also is effective in relieving stress and general health maintenance effects.

If the contraindications are carefully respected, LDT can be applied to numerous indications with elderly patients because of its gentleness and harmlessness. LDT can be used at home on family members. The patient’s reaction needs to be monitored in the first three or four treatments by treating for shorter sessions and evaluating.

Gynecology

     Breast pain or swollen breasts (from menses, birth control pill, pregnancy, etc.)

     Aberration of normal development and involution (ANDI), fibrocystic mastopathy

     Menstruation: PMS, painful or hemorrhagic menses

     Pregnancy:

          Stretch marks (belly, breasts). Results are better if started in the early stages

          Edematous legs, varicose veins

          Breastfeeding, breast soreness, cracks or fissures in the puerperal period, prevention or

          treatment of scarring, prevention of infection 

     Menopause: hot flashes, irritability, etc.

     Infertility 

Hepato-Gastroenterology 

     Chronic constipation

     Chronic gastritis, gastroenteritis, stress ulcers, chronic colitis

     Irritable bowel syndrome 

     Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease

     Diverticulosis, diverticulitis 

     Chronic appendicitis 

     Chronic pancreatic insufficiency, chronic pancreatitis 

     Malabsorption, celiac disease 

     Hemorrhoids, pruritis ani, proctitis, anal fissure

     Chronic hepatitis, chronic cholecystitis, cholangitis

Infectious Diseases

(Also check Dermatology, general, Opthalmology, pneumonology)

Can be used with pediatric or geriatric patients. Initially, short sessions are done to avoid inflammatory reactions or provoke a fever.

     Chronic amygdalitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis,laryngitis, rhinitis, otitis, syringitis

     Chronic sinusitis frontal is

     Chronic sinusitis maxillaris 

     Allergic nasal catarrh 

     HIV, AIDS (Part 5, chapter 6)

                                                         

Neurology

     Headache 

     Migraine 

     Post-symptoms (headaches, vertigo)

     Cerebrovascular accident (stroke), hemiplegia, chronic ischemic syndrome, various 

     encephalopathies

     Concussion (commotio cerebri , commotio spinalis)

     Spinal injuries

     Cerebral spastic infantile diseases (Cerebral palsy, Little’s disease)

     Neuralgia facial, intercostal neuralgia, herpes zostra neuralgia, etc.

     Trigeminal neuralgia

     Facial paralysis 

     Parkinson’s disease, choreic disorders: LDT sometimes brings about a diminution of the 

     trembling 

     Multiple sclerosis: some studies may indicate that the crisis times become shorter and the 

     remission periods of MS longer with lymph drainage.

     Vertigo 

     Peripheral nerve disorders/cranial nerve disorders (facial nerve paralysis, trigeminal

     neuralgia, Bell’s palsy)

     Myopathy, muscular dystrophy or atrophy

     Spinal poliomyelitis (May be effective on resultant edemas

     Epilepsy 

     Memory disorder

Opthalmology 

     Reduced visual acuity

     Scotoma 

     Chronic dacrocystitis (infection of the lacrymal sac), blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid

     margins 

     Chronic glaucoma

     Cataract

     Chronic edema of the eyelids 

     Retinal detachment

     Macular degeneration 

     Retinitis pigmentosa 

Orthopedics

     Trauma

     Hematoma

     Sprain

     Dislocation , subluxation 

     Ligament and meniscus pathologies 

     Fracture

     Post-fracture or post-sprain symptoms (pain, discomfort, etc.)

                                                                                

Osteopathic/Chiropractic

     Neck pain, whiplash

     Lower back pain, lumbago, lumbalgia 

     Sciatica:  There are many different etiologies of sciatica. In numerous cases LDT may help 

     this condition.

Otorhinolaryngology-ORL (ear-nose-throat

     Tinnitus

     Vertigo

     Hearing loss, otosclerosis

     Meniere’s disease 

     Labyrinthitis 

     Asailia – hyposalivation

     Sjogren’s syndrome (dry eyes and mouth)

Pediatrics 

     LDT can be applied for all diseases listed. However, be especially careful not to aggravate 

     fever in a child.

Pneumology, Allergology

     Chronic bronchitis, emphysematous bronchitis

     Bronchial asthma 

     Emphysema 

     Post-pleuretic disorders

     Silicosis:  pneumoconiosis resulting from inhalation of silica (quartz) dust

     Cystic fibrosis (mucoviscidosis)

     Hay fever

Rheumatology 

Lymph drainage can effectively alleviate the edemas of many rheumatologic ailments after

signs of a Ute inflammation have disappeared.

     Athrosis (neck, shoulders, hips, knees), polyarthrosis deformans 

     Rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritics, polyarthritis

     Ankylosing spondylitis (ankylopoietic spondylarthritis)

     Gout, chondrocaleinosis (pseudogout 

     Psoriatic arthritics (arthritis associated with psoriasis)

     Allergic arthropathy, endocrine arthropathy, diabetic arthropathy, etc.

     Lupus erythematosus

     Scleroderma: LDT frequently yields good effects on the sclerotic skin of hands and face.

     Fibromyalgia syndrome 

     Osteoporosis 

     Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS), Sudeck’s atrophy (traumatic osteoporosis,

     algoneurodystrophy or “shoulder-arm” syndrome), regional pain syndrome

                                                                         

     Fibrositis syndrome (bursitis, tendinitis, tenosynovitis, tenoperiostosis, etc.)

     Myositis, myofibrositis, polymyositis and dermatomyositis

     Tennis elbow (lateral humeral epicondylitis)

     Carpal tunnel syndrome

     Dupuytren’s contracture

     Spasmodic torticollis

     Nocturnal paresthetic brachialgia

Sports

    Pre-surgery:  prepares the tissue for the intervention, drains the tissue, clears the lymph 

     passages to help prevent post-surgery edema.

     Post-surgery

     Sports trauma:  any edemas and/or hematomas after any bleeding has stopped.

     Traumatic edemas:  torn muscles, sprained articulations and ligaments, joint dislocations,

     edemas after meniscus and ligament lesions, tendinitis, tenosynovitis, fracture (before,

     during and after cast), hematomas, “skiers thumb” (avulsion of the metacarpophalangeal

     joint), etc.  The reduction of the edema allows for earlier, less painful mobilization and 

     prepares the tissue before applying the plaster.

     Sprains, dislocations, etc.

     Muscle cramps or pain

     Ligamentous and me is also lesions.

     Fractures (in or out of cast).

     Scars/fibrosis

Surgery

     Pre-surgery:  prepares the tissue for the intervention, drains the tissue, clears the lymph 

     passages to help prevent post-surgery edema.

     Post-surgery

     Reduction or prevention of scars and fibrosis; has analgesic and infection preventing effects

     and also is somewhat effective in reducing or preventing the formation of hypertrophic scars

     or “keloids”.

     For any surgery involving the removal of major lymph nodes (post-mastectomy, post-

     prostatectomy, post-hysterectomy, post-ovariectomy, post-nephrectomy, ORL surgery, 

     tumor removal)

     Post-trauma surgery

     Prosthetic surgery

     Skin transplantation 

     Limb amputation 

     For burns and their surgical treatment 

     Oral surgery, face surgery, face-lifting, ear-lifting

     Vein stripping, surgery after phlebitis or thrombosis

Urology

    Chronic cystitis, chronic prostatitis

     Benign prostate hypertrophy, penile lesions, genital edema

     

Veterinary

Lymph Drainage can be applied to many domesticated animals, including dogs,

cats and horses