Investigation of the Less Known Effects of Manual Lymphatic Drainage: A Narrative Review

Schingale F., ESMER M., KÜPELİ B., ÜNAL D.

LYMPHATIC RESEARCH AND BIOLOGY, vol.20, pp.7-10, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 20
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1089/lrb.2019.0091
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.7-10
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Introduction: Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), one of the components of complex decongestive physiotherapy, which is accepted as the gold standard in the treatment of lymphedema, is used for therapeutic purposes in many diseases. The most well-known feature of MLD is that it helps to reduce edema. In addition to reducing edema, MLD has many effects, such as increasing venous flow, reducing fatigue, and raising the pain threshold. To the best of our knowledge, there is no study examining the effects of MLD other than its effects on edema in detail. The aim of this study is to compile effects of MLD and to provide a better understanding of the effects of MLD.