Lymph drainage

Lymph drainage activated lymph flow in the body through lymphatic vessels. The latter ensure the accumulation and removal of waste from the tissues. Under normal circumstances, approximately four litres of fluid circulate through the lymphatic system. Lymph drainage plays an important part in the body’s immune system.

Lymph drainage therapy also known as lymphatic therapy stimulates lymphatic activity. The therapy increases lymph flow in critical areas, dilates blood vessels and speeds up metabolism.

Lymphatic therapy is perceived as a very pleasant and effective method of treatment, and it is used in medicine and beauty care alike. Depending on the diagnosis, the suit or sleeves are filled with air in pre-set cycles. The sleeves consist of numerous separate air chambers.

This is a medical procedure that can only be performed on the basis of a doctor’s referral (must be on paper).  

All appointments need to be pre-booked.


Biological effect of lymph drainage

The circulatory system transports nutrients, gases and waste into the cells and out to combat diseases, stabilise body temperature and pH as well as maintain the body’s normal internal environment. The cardiovascular system distributes blood, and the lymphatic system distributes lymphatic fluid; thus, two types of fluid flow in the circulatory system, blood and lymph. Blood, the heart and blood vessels make up the cardiovascular system. Lymphatic fluid, lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels make up the lymphatic system. Both together the cardiovascular system and the lymphatic system form the body’s circulatory system.

Small lymphatic vessels gradually merge into larger and larger ones, which provide lymphatic liquid by emptying into the circulatory system. The lymph nodes within the lymphatic system work like filters located between the superficial lymphatic system and the deep lymphatic system. If lymph nodes are damaged resulting from a surgery, injury, infection or something else, lymphatic fluid cannot flow properly and accumulates in the body’s tissues.

Benefits of lymph drainage:

  • contributes to the treatment of edema and pain relief; suitable for prevention
  • accelerates recovery
  • does not burden the body with medicines
  • is based on the principle of alternating air pressure (pressure therapy), which has been recognised as safe
  • this is modern prevention and rehabilitation therapy equipment

Medical indications for lymph drainage:

  • venous insufficiency
  • carpal tunnel syndrome (before and after the surgery)
  • Raynaud syndrome
  • neuropathy, neuralgia
  • ischemia of lower limbs
  • diabetic angiopathy
  • acrocyanosis
  • algodystrophic syndrome
  • chronic edema
  • arthrosis
  • podagra, holarthritis
  • excessive weight
  • trophic skin conditions
  • oncological disease (after a surgery or radiotherapy)
  • trauma care (burns, injuries, scars, etc.)
  • correcting the outcomes of poorly performed manual lymph drainage

Aesthetic indications for lymph drainage (cosmetology)

  • orange peel
  • prevention of varicose veins
  • lipedema
  • heavy legs syndrome
  • detox
  • improving skin nutrition
  • post-liposuction care
  • recovery from diseases
  • tenalgia (tennis elbow, jumper’s knee, etc.)

Contraindications to lymph drainage:

  • acute neuropathy and plexopathy
  • acute pulmonary edema
  • acute soft tissue trauma
  • acute thrombophlebitis (inflammation of subcutaneous veins)
  • non-compensated cardiovascular diseases
  • epilepsy
  • erysipelas
  • fever
  • glaucoma
  • hepatic or renal insufficiency
  • infectious diseases
  • known or suspected deep vein thrombosis
  • lymph node inflammation
  • lymph vessel blockage processes
  • artificial cardiac pacemaker
  • stomach pain of unknown origin
  • pregnancy failure
  • tumour

Potential side effects of lymph drainage:

  • temporarily increased pain
  • petechiae
  • capillary rupture – if the pressure increases suitable level
  • hematoma
  • vegetative state – in patients with sensitive vegetative system
  • lymph blockage in the area not affected by the therapy


Lymph drainage is mostly prescribed as 1 or 2 treatments. The treatment lasts 60 to 90 minutes.