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Foundations of Manual Lymph Drainage, 3rd Edition

Foundations of Manual Lymph Drainage, 3rd Edition

59.95 CAD

Foundations of Manual Lymph Drainage, 3rd Edition

By Michael Foldi and Roman Strossenreuther


120 pages
Trim Size 7 1/2 X 9 1/4 in
Copyright 2005

ISBN: 978-0-323-03064-9
Paperback, Reference




This manual lymph drainage guide covers the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the lymphatic system, providing key background information necessary for effective treatment. Chapters are structured according to anatomic regions, focusing on the lymphatic knots and their tributary regions in the throat, armpit, trunk, and groin. Photographs illustrate the lymphatic knots and lymphatic courses, which are drawn on the human body, and provide a clear picture of the structures to be treated. Designated points are numbered to illustrate the progression of treatment in each region. Also includes coverage of complete decongestive therapy (CDT).


Key Features



  • Explains procedures in a detailed, step-by-step format.
  • Features a helpful chart of lymph node groups and their tributary regions that outlines each lymph node as it pertains to a specific anatomical region.
  • Key information is summarized in the margins, making it easier for readers to review what they've read and focus on important topics.
  • Self-test questions provide an excellent means for readers to assess their comprehension and review key material in the book. These questions are also helpful in preparing for exams.
  • Two-color illustrations help the reader visualize and learn theoretical aspects of this therapy.



New to this Edition


  • The text has been completely updated to reflect the latest techniques in lymph drainage therapy.
  • Coverage of individual treatment strokes and stroke sequences have been updated, with more comprehensive descriptions and detailed photos that illustrate proper hand placement, pressure, and movement.
  • Expanded coverage of complete decongestive therapy, including a CDT survey — consisting of the case history, examination, and palpation — that can be used to gather valuable information to formulate therapeutic goals and evaluate treatment results.




Table of Contents


    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 Legs

    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