The lymphatic system is an important part of the immune system. One of it's roles is to help the body to eliminate waste. Lymph is a clear fluid carried through a network of lymphatic vessels generally flowing in the direction of the heart. A healthy, active lymphatic system uses the natural movements of smooth muscle tissue to complete it's tasks.
However, surgery, medical conditions, or other injury can cause the lymph fluid to build up in the lymphatic system. This fluid can accumulate in the lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes causing swelling, pain, and heaviness.
Lymphatic drainage massage is contraindicated for individuals who have had or currently have the following conditions:
congestive heart failure
history of blood clots or stroke