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Manual Lymph Drainage

  • The lymphatic system is comprised of the thymus gland, tonsils, spleen, adenoids, lymph nodes and lymph fluid as well as lymphatic vessels. The lymphatic vessels carry clear lymph fluid that circulates throughout the body, removing waste products, degenerated cells, and accumulations of fats and proteins. Lymph vessels lie beneath the surface of the skin and are stimulated by massage. This results in improved lymphatic circulation.
  • Manual Lymph Drainage is a gentle, non-invasive hands-on technique which manipulates the lymph vessels to facilitate transportation of interstitial fluid into the lymphatic system for circulation.  It helps the body move areas of lymphatic congestion.  This technique is extremely beneficial for those with:
  •   lymphedema (congestion and fluid in the tissues)
  •   colds, throat infections
  •   sinusitis
  •   ear infections
  •   fibrocystic breasts
  •   post-surgery/mastectomy


"Three years ago when I was looking for a massage therapist, all I had in mind was a good relaxation massage every two weeks or so.   But when I met Jo Anne I found out that she’s so much more than “just” an RMT.  Right from the beginning, I loved how she treated me as an INDIVIDUAL with specific needs and not just another client… I also loved how she started to incorporate her Craniosacral and different Acupuncture techniques into each of my sessions depending on what my body needed the most.   On top of that, her Manual Lymph Drainage massage helped relieve the heaviness from my legs, something I had been struggling with for years…

After each session my body feels super light and fully energized, but what is even more important I literally feel more connected and at peace on the spiritual level – and I wouldn’t trade this feeling for anything else!"

M.R., Toronto

Manual Lymph Drainage for Migraine treatment​

Research Article of the Week 
  • The efficacy of lymphatic drainage and traditional massage in the prophylaxis of migraine: a randomized, controlled, parallel group study.
  • This study aimed at examining the efficacy of lymphatic drainage (LD) and traditional massage (TM) in the prophylactic treatment of migraine using controlled prospective randomized clinical trial of 64 patients (57 women, 45 ± 10 years) with migraine with and without aura.
  • Patients were randomized into three groups: LD (n = 21); TM (n = 21); waiting group (WG, n = 22). After a 4-week-baseline, a treatment period of 8 weeks was applied followed by a 4-week observation period. The patients filled in a headache diary continuously; every 4 weeks they filled in the German version of the CES-D and the German version of the Headache Disability Inventory. The main outcome measure was migraine frequency per month.
  • At the end of the observation period, the number of migraine attacks and days decreased in the LD group by 1.8 and 3.1, respectively, in the TM group by 1.3 and 2.4, and in the WG by 0.4 and 0.2, respectively. The differences between LD and WG were significant (p = 0.006 and p = 0.015, respectively) as well as the differences between TM and WG (p = 0.042 and p = 0.016, respectively). There was a significant decrease in the amount of analgesic intake in the LD group compared to the two other groups (p = 0.004). TM and LD resulted in a reduction of migraine attack frequency. The analgesic intake only decreased significantly during LD intervention.
  • Useful effects were identified for LD and TM as compared to WG for the prophylaxis of migraine. LD was more efficacious in some parameters than TM.
  • Happe, S., Peikert, A., Siegert, R., & Evers, S. Oct. 2016. The efficacy of lymphatic drainage and traditional massage in the prophylaxis of migraine: a randomized, controlled parallel group study. Neurological Sciences: Official Journal Of The Italian Neurological Society And Of The Italian Society Of Clinical Neurophysiology, 37(10), 1627-1632.


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