Even though lymphatic massage is rising in popularity right now, the technique has been around for nearly 100 years. It was created in the 1930s by a man named Emil Vodder who lived in France. After some years, the massage became a go-to treatment for lymphedema, and then the technique made its way stateside in the 1970s.
What are the benefits of lymphatic massage?
The most common reason lymphatic drainage is used is for the treatment of lymphedema, a condition that causes swelling, often in the arms and legs. One study found that incorporating a lymphatic massage in addition to compression helped to decrease swelling in lymphedema patients. Additionally, there is some evidence that they can help with symptoms of insomnia, fibromyalgia, and orthopedic injuries.