Would you like to explore a specialized form of medical massage? Lymphatic drainage massage, also referred to as manual lymphatic drainage, is a gentle type of massage designed to promote the movement and drainage of lymph nodes and fluids throughout the body.

An effective and properly functioning lymphatic system is crucial for our overall health. Serving as a component of our immune system, it plays a key role in maintaining the balance of bodily fluids and strengthening both general and specific immune responses to protect against infections and diseases.

At Evergreen Rehab & Wellness in Surrey, our massage therapy clinic boasts a team of highly skilled Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) offering top-notch massages in Coquitlam and the Greater Vancouver Area. Utilizing advanced techniques and a high level of expertise, our RMTs prioritize patient care by understanding their individual medical needs and crafting treatment plans that are suited for them.

Can we use Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage as a Complementary Therapy?

Yes! Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage can be used as a complementary therapy to manage the following conditions and diseases:


Lymphedema is a condition caused by the accumulation of lymph fluid in tissues as a result of lymphatic system dysfunction or damage. Through the help of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage, the swelling brought by this condition can be reduced and mitigate its associated symptoms.

Post-Surgical Swelling

Post-surgical swelling can also be reduced by MLD and help promote faster recovery such as cosmetic surgery, orthopedic surgery, or lymph node removal


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MLD can help in alleviating the pain, improve circulation, and reduce the inflammation caused by this condition. It can also possibly help in improving the quality of life of people with Fibromyalgia.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

MLD can assist in managing the symptoms of this syndrome by improving lymphatic circulation, reducing fluid retention and likewise helping the body in its detoxification processes.

Inflammatory Disorders

Rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune diseases, and inflammatory bowel disease can benefit from the MLD as this could help in reducing inflammation and improve the immune system.


MLD can also be associated with detoxification programs to help in removing the body’s toxins and other waste products to boost overall well-being.

Sports Injuries

Athletes who need to reduce swelling, heal broken tissues and boost their lymphatic circulation due to any sports injuries or intense training sessions can seek MLD to help them in their recovery process.


MLD offers benefits beyond just the lymphatic system. Conditions such as acne, stress, acute pain, constipation, scar rehabilitation and many other pathologies can also benefit from MLD. In addition to this, cosmetic surgery also uses this as a skincare technique to display a quick and healthier-looking skin.

However, MLD may not be suitable for individuals with certain health issues, including cancer, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac or pulmonary edema, acute skin infections, renal failure, cellulitis or heart conditions.

What should I expect from this?

During a session, patients are typically instructed to lie down and practice diaphragmatic breathing at the beginning and end.

The RMT will first start to treat the unaffected areas of the body to facilitate the drainage of fluids from affected areas. They will apply slow and gentle pressures with rhythmic movements to execute the techniques effectively.

For patients who have lymphedema, they will experience the four stages of the MLD process, where each process brings a different impact on the body. The stages or duration of treatment will depend on the stage of lymphedema. Timelines for the treatment typically last for 2-4 weeks or can extend for months to years.

After availing of lymphatic drainage massages, you will observe the changes in you where you may notice reduced swelling, sensing your body is more relaxed and lighter when the massage sessions are completed.

Regular checkups with a doctor are advisable to monitor whether this procedure helps them in making their condition better.

What can I do to boost my lymphatic system and remove body waste?

People can enhance their lymphatic system and remove more body waste by following these methods:

  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Engaging in physical activity
  • Eating vegetables and fruits
  • Limiting processed foods

Escape into deep relaxation and healing with Evergreen Rehab & Wellness Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Our gentle, rhythmic massage technique melts away tension and supports your body’s natural cleansing process. Book now and discover the power of lymphatic flow.

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