Lymphatic drainage

Lymphatic drainage

Lymphatic drainage (or compression massage, lymphatic massage, pressure therapy or pneumatic compression therapy) is a painless, non-invasive and relaxing physiotherapeutic procedure.

Lymphatic drainage has been used to treat oedemas since the 1930s, but with time and the development of devices, other applications of drainage have been discovered: this treatment works well as a form of active regeneration of athletes (amateurs, semi-professionals and professionals), and more and more often we find it in the offer of Wellness & Beauty salons, where its anti-cellulite, skin firming and body slimming properties are appreciated.

It can be performed manually, by a qualified specialist (usually a physiotherapist) and then it is called manual lymphatic drainage or mechanically by means of lymphatic drainage devices. 

In both cases, the aims of the treatment are the same and, in general, they include:

  • improving blood and lymph circulation, 
  • pushing the residual lymph towards the lymph nodes,
  • removal of lymphatic oedema and exudates, 
  • improving the nutrition and oxygenation of the skin and other tissues,
  • removal of toxins from the body.

CarePump device series

4-chambers device for lymphatic drainage - the most popular model among private users who appreciate the convenience of performing the treatment at home.

6-chambers device for lymphatic drainage - the professional device designed for the private users, mobile physiotherapists and athlets.

8-chambers device for lymphatic drainage - the most advanced device with cuffs divided into 8 sections making the massage extremely effective. 

For whom is lymphatic drainage

Indications for treatment

The number of indications for lymphatic drainage treatment is really impressive. It is one of the most universal physiotherapeutic treatments. Due to its therapeutic effect, lymphatic drainage is recommended:

  • for the treatment of various types of oedemas (lymphatic, lipid) and lymphatic stasis (also post-traumatic, postoperative or accompanying pregnancy),
  • after mastectomy (hand swelling),
  • as a prevention of venous insufficiency and thrombosis,
  • in ischaemic lower limb disease,
  • in the case of "heavy legs" and teleangiectasia (so-called "spider veins"),
  • in the case of osteoarthritis, 
  • in rheumatic diseases, including RA or JIA,
  • in the course of gout,
  • people with endocrine disorders (thyroid diseases, diabetes).

Sport and athletes

In the case of athletes, the indications for the use of lymphatic drainage are:

  • post-workout regeneration (after training and competition starts),
  • muscle fatigue, manifested by pain and tension,
  • swelling, especially after contusions,
  • preventively as a method to reduce the risk of injury.

Aesthetic and beauty industry

Among the aesthetic indications for lymphatic drainage, the most noteworthy are:

  • cellulite,
  • loss of skin firmness,
  • excess fatty tissue,
  • after liposuction in order to quickly remove swelling, toxins and as a method of preventing tissue fibrosis (one of the possible complications after liposuction).

Benefits of lymphatic

Lymphatic drainage treatments bring a wide range of health benefits, both for those who care about prevention and those who suffer from various diseases affecting the condition of the blood and lymphatic system. 

Lymphatic drainage eliminates the feeling of "heavy legs" and swelling that occurs in the evening, e.g. in people who do standing or sitting work. 

An extremely important benefit is the stimulation of the work of the circulatory system in people who are at risk of venous diseases and notice the occurrence of so-called 'spider veins' or even varicose veins on their legs. It should be remembered that these changes are largely genetic, and the earlier we start to support the work of the circulatory system, the greater the chance that we will prevent serious diseases.

Another extremely important advantage of lymphatic drainage is the removal of oedema of various types. Treatments bring relief to people with swelling and lymphatic stasis. As a result, the pain, feeling of tension is reduced and the comfort is increased, both physical and mental. 

Athletes primarily appreciate the following benefits of lymphatic drainage:

  • reduction of muscle pain after exhausting training or participation in competitions,
  • accelerating the removal of residual lymph and toxins,
  • increasing the rate of regeneration, related to, inter alia, with better nutrition and oxygenation of tissues,
  • increasing the body's efficiency,
  • improvement of sports results,
  • preventively, to reduce the risk of injury.

Lymphatic drainage is one of the few procedures that can be performed even daily. Such frequency is recommended during the starting season, when the athlete has to maintain the highest form for a long time.

Lymphatic drainage also improves the appearance of the body. Above all, it is an excellent method of cellulite reduction, the formation of which is largely due to abnormal functioning of the lymphatic system.

Moreover, it has a firming effect by stimulating circulation and mechanical pressure, which in turn leads to better nourishment of the skin, stimulation of repair processes, increasing skin density.

Another key advantage is body slimming. However, you should know that lymphatic drainage is not a procedure that interferes with fat tissue (such as liposuction). The slimming effect in this case results from two issues. Firstly, we often do not even know that there is a lymph in our body, which causes "swelling". Its removal immediately brings a visual improvement of the silhouette. Secondly, lymphatic drainage stimulates fat burning processes, so it is a great choice for people who have just switched to a healthy diet to reduce body weight or for people who care about their diet but do not find time for more physical activity.

Domestic lymphatic drainage

Modern lymphatic drainage devices allow for performing treatments at home. Our CarePump series was created with the idea of being able to carry out drainage at any place and at any time. 

All CarePump devices are battery-powered, so you don't need access to a power outlet. You can even perform a drainage procedure in the open air, in the garden or, for example, in the car when you return from a sports camp. CarePump units are compact, weigh only 2 kg and are placed in a special bag for easy transport. 

Operating of the devices is very easy and intuitive - you simply select the appropriate settings on the panel (operating mode, then you can adjust the pressure and length of the treatment) and press the "Start" button. 

CarePump devices work with different types of cuffs. The set includes cuffs for lymphatic drainage of the legs, but you can also buy hand, hip and abdomen cuffs or short pant cuffs for the thighs, buttocks and abdomen.