Myth-Conceptions about Lymph Massage

Let's do some myth-busting about some common questions, perceptions, and beliefs about lymphatic massage.

I know you have questions.

And I’ve got answers!

In this post, we’ll cover some of the stuff I’ve heard, been asked, or seen floating around on these here interwebs. Such as…

  • Does Lymphatic Massage really work? Does it even do anything?
  • How do I even know if it’s working? Is it a scam?
  • Is it worth the money even if it isn’t a scam?
  • Do I need to get LF professionally done?
  • It’s just a massage, any therapist can do it!

And many more…

That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

But what's the deal with all these terms?... (read more)

So before we dive in, let’s settle on what we call it.

I’ll refer to this collection of lymphatic techniques as Lymphatic Facilitation, or just LF. You can learn more about lymphatic massage terms here.

Lymph Massage, Lymphatic Massage, Lymph or Lymphatic Drainage, Lymph Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy… they’re all different terms for (mostly) the same thing – a manual therapy (hands on) performed with the specific intention of enhancing lymphatic flow.

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) are not the same (they are higher level) as the techniques just mentioned. See here to find out the difference.

Let's Get to the Myths...

Is Lymph Massage a Scam?

Myth 1 – Lymphatic Massage Is a Scam (or is it?)

This is the first installment in our "Myth"conceptions About Lymph Massage series

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Does Lymph Massage Speed Healing?

Myth 2 – Lymphatic Massage Doesn’t Speed Healing (or does it?)

This is the second installment in our "Myth"conceptions About Lymph Massage series

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Does Lymphatic Massage Removes Toxins?

Myth 3 – Lymphatic Massage Removes Toxins (or does it?)

This is the third installment in our "Myth"conceptions About Lymph Massage series

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Lymph Massage and Cancer

Myth 4 – You Should Never Do Lymph Work With Cancer (never?)

This is the ​fourth installment in our "Myth"conceptions About Lymph Massage series

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How Massage Therapists See the World

Myth 5 – Lymph Massage Can Only Be Done by a Professional Therapist (or can it?)

This is the fifth installment in our "Myth"conceptions About Lymph Massage series

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Does Certification Matter?

Myth 6 – You Need to See a Certified MLD or CDT Therapist (or do you)?

This is the ​sixth installment in our "Myth"conceptions About Lymph Massage series

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