Yes. The use of Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a technique commonly used by massage
therapists in the treatment of lymphedema. LDT consists of specific movements
that are used to lightly push lymph through the system, helping it to drain out
of the tissues and move throughout the body. Lymphedema can be caused by heart
problems, wearing tight fitting clothing, and injuries like sprains and
fractures. It also sometimes happens as a side effect of chemotherapy
treatments and cancer surgeries where the lymph nodes are damaged or removed.
During an LDT session, a massage therapist gently presses and
moves his or her hands along the body in specified directions using light
pressure strokes. This is an attempt to “reverse” the flow of lymph away from
the area of swelling. This treatment is generally used together with other
treatments, like exercising to promote circulation, compression
therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs, and ice packs. Ask your therapist if this
treatment may be right for you.