Self-drainage lymphatic technique

Angiology. 2001 Aug;52(8):573-4. doi: 10.1177/000331970105200812.


About 100 million people around the world have lymphedema; however, a large number do not have access to any kind of treatment. The current study reports on a technique of lymphatic self-drainage. The method consists of utilizing rods, bars, or any cylindrical object that rolls smoothly over the skin area to be drained. During this gliding motion a pressure of around 30 to 40 mm Hg should be exerted by the patient. The classical concepts of lymphatic drainage should be followed. This new method was subjected to a lymphoscintigraphic, anthropometric, and clinical evaluation demonstrating its usefulness in treating lymphedema.

MeSH terms

  • Drainage / instrumentation
  • Drainage / methods*
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Safety
  • Humans
  • Lymphedema / therapy*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Self Care
  • Treatment Outcome