Massage therapy in the treatment of lymphedema. Rationale, results, and applications

IEEE Eng Med Biol Mag. Mar-Apr 2005;24(2):58-68. doi: 10.1109/memb.2005.1411350.


The ongoing NCCAM-supported experimental and clinical translational approaches should shed light not only on the physiologic mechanisms underlying the benefits of massage therapy but could also, if successful in defined populations of patients, have a substantial impact by providing a simpler, more cost-effective LE treatment alternative worldwide.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Humans
  • Lymphedema / physiopathology*
  • Lymphedema / therapy*
  • Massage / methods*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Treatment Outcome