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Foundations of Manual Lymph Drainage


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1. Anatomy of the Lymph Vessel System 1.1 The Lymph Vessel System 1.2 Lymph Nodes and Lymphatic Regions 1.3 Important Lymph Node Groups and Their Tributary Regions 2. Interstitial Fluid and Lymph 2.1 Blood and Tissue Fluid Exchange 2.2 Circulation of Protein Molecules 3. Lymph Formation and Lymph Flow: "Physiological Lymph Drainage" 3.1 Lymph Formation 3.2 Lymph Transport 3.3 The Lymphatic System's Safety Valve Function 4. Lymphatic System Insufficiency 4.1 High Volume Insufficiency or "Dynamic Insufficiency" 4.2 Low Volume Insufficiency or "Mechanical Insufficiency" 4.3 Safety Valve Insufficiency 5. The Effect of Massage Upon Lymph Formation and the Lymphangiomotor Function 5.1 Manual Lymph Drainage and Lymph Formation 5.2 Manual Lymph Drainage and Lymphangiomotor Function 6. Basic Principles of Manual Lymph Drainage 6.1 Massage Strokes 6.2 Performing Manual Lymph Drainage 6.3 Indications and Contraindications of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) 6.4 Massage Stroke Sequences for Different Treatment Areas 7. Treatment of Cervical Lymph Nodes and Their Tributary Regions 7.1 Anatomical Foundations 7.2 Treatment of the Neck and Shoulder Areas 7.3 Treatment of the Back of the Head and the Nape of the Neck 7.4 Treatment of the Face 7.5 Oral Cavity Drainage 8. Treatment of Axillary Lymph Nodes and Their Tributary Regions 8.1 Anatomical Foundations 8.2 Treatment of the Breast 8.3 Treatment of the Back 8.4 Treatment of the Arm 9. Treatment of the Large, Deep Lymphatic Trunks 9.1 Anatomical Foundations 9.2 Treatment of the Abdomen 9.3 Alternative Massage Strokes for Abdominal Drainage 10. Treatment of Inguinal Lymph Nodes and Their Tributary Regions 10.1 Anatomical Foundations 10.2 Treatment of the Inguinal Lymph Nodes 10.3 Treatment of the Abdominal Wall 10.4 Treatment of the Lumbar Region 10.5 Treatment of the Leg 11. Complete Decongestive Therapy - CDT 11.1 General 11.2 How Compression Therapy Works 11.3 Diagnostic Survey 11.4 Further Physical Therapeutic Measures Within the CDT the Framework Index

About the Author

Professor Foldi is a worldwide renowned expert on lymphology - his outstanding work and publications have made him a founder and pioneer in lymphology. He has received numerous awards and honorary memberships from various international lymphology associations which underline the high regard in which he is held in the field of lymphology. Prof. Foldi has founded a clinic at Hinterzarten/Black Forest which specializes in lymphology, today he still works there as an advisor


This book aims to describe the scientific principles that underline manual lymph drainage.

Treatment strokes and stroke sequences are then described for specific body areas, as well as hand placement, pressure and movement. These chapters, indeed the whole book, are extensively illustrated with photos and/or illustrations on nearly every page. Matthew Boylan. Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society, June 2006

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