Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Plastic surgery procedures generally alter the body’s normal functioning. It is important for patients to understand the recovery process and take steps to ensure an optimal result.

What is the Lymphatic System?

The body’s lymphatic system contains a network of vessels, tissues, and organs that work in collaboration to transport a colorless fluid (lymph) in the bloodstream. Lymph contains white blood cells, especially the lymphocytes that attack bacteria in the blood, as well as fluid from the intestines, also known as chyle, that contains proteins and fats. The lymphatic system is made up of lymph nodes that are small, soft, and round-shaped. They are found in the lymphoid organs which are categorized into two, primary and secondary. Primary lymphoid organs include the thymus, and bone marrow, whereas secondary lymphoid organs constitute the tonsils and spleen.

Types of Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic drainage massage can be done in four ways. These are the commonly applied methods by physical therapists, massage therapists, and doctors to help prevent fluid build-up within the body tissues.

Vodder Technique

The Vodder lymphatic drainage massage technique is uniquely used to enhance smooth, fluid movement within the skin. It is done by various gentle, rhythmic motions which are non-invasive, and follow the path of lymph flow around the area of treatment. This technique has a powerful body effect and produces effective results.

Foldi Technique

The Foldi lymphatic drainage system massage is an extension of the Vodder technique. Done by following the direction of lymph flow in the area being treated, the therapist does it in turn between moments of relaxation, and circular hand motions.


The Casley-smith technique, similar to Leduc technique, is done by circular hand motions. The motions majorly use the hand’s sides and palms for rapid results.


Leduc lymphatic drainage system massage is a technique that entirely relies on the motions of the hands. The massage therapist collects the lymph fluid before channeling it back to be reabsorbed in larger lymphatic systems.

The above techniques generally involve smooth, gentle motions to promote effective lymph flow.

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