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Lymphatic Drainage Massage – A Comprehensive Guide


Have you heard about Lymphatic Drainage Massage, also known as LDM? LDM is a massage therapy designed to help the draining of your lymphatic system. If you are seeking relief from conditions like lymphoedema or simply aiming to give your immune system a boost, the osteopaths at Body@Boronia, in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, are ready to provide expert care. Call us on 03 9762 9445 to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, read our blog to learn more about how this fascinating system works and how massage may help.

The Intricate World of the Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is complex: Lymph vessels, which parallel blood vessels, and lymph nodes (small structures that filter and purify lymph) are joined by the thymus, spleen, and tonsils to make up this system. What is lymph? We’re so glad you asked. Lymph is a colourless fluid, which contains white blood cells, proteins, and waste products. It circulates the system clearing the body of toxins and cellular debris. Here’s the kicker though – the lymphatic system has nothing pumping it. (There’s no heart equivalent.) So, if you’re not moving, neither is the lymph.

How Does It All Work?

Fluid Balance: The lymphatic system helps maintain fluid balance by draining excess fluid from tissues and returning it to the bloodstream.
Immune Support: Lymph nodes act as filtration stations, identifying and neutralising pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses.
Nutrient Transport: The lymphatic system transports fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system to the bloodstream. So, it’s vital and complicated – naturally things sometimes go awry.


Lymphoedema is a condition characterised by the accumulation of fluid, resulting in persistent swelling, often in the limbs. Basically, the lymphatic system got blocked or sluggish and couldn’t do its job. Primary lymphoedema may be congenital, while secondary lymphoedema can arise from surgery, injury, infection, or cancer treatments. This can lead to some problems including reduced mobility (which creates a sort of Catch-22 situation since the less you’re able to move the more your lymph stagnates) and impaired immunity.

The Role of Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic Drainage Massage can help address imbalances in the system. We employ gentle, rhythmic movements to stimulate lymphatic flow, promoting the drainage of accumulated fluids and enhancing immune function. We can get things moving again.

How Osteopathy Complements Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Osteopathy, with its holistic approach to healthcare, seamlessly integrates with Lymphatic Drainage Massage to address underlying factors contributing to lymphatic dysfunction. Osteopaths assess musculoskeletal imbalances and apply targeted interventions to optimise the overall function of the body, synergising with the benefits of LDM.


If you’re navigating the challenges of lymphoedema or simply seeking to enhance your lymphatic system’s well-being, our team at Body@Boronia is here to provide expert guidance, and personalised and tailored care.

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