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12th May 2020 | Article

Self Massage for Lymphoedema

Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapist Julia Oji says: “If you suffer with lymphoedema and are finding your swelling has been worse without access to MLD treatment, try some self-help lymph massage techniques to get the fluid moving (see links below). Deep breathing exercises before and after the massage can help lymph drainage too. Use the following simple exercise:  

  • Sit upright in a comfortable chair, or lie on your bed with your knees slightly bent.
  • Rest your hands on your ribs.
  • Take slow, deep breaths to relax.
  • As you breathe in, move the air down to your tummy (abdomen). You will feel your tummy rising under your hands.
  • Breathe out slowly by sighing the air out. While breathing out, let your abdomen relax inwards again.
  • Do the deep breathing exercise five times.
  • Have a short rest before getting up, to avoid feeling dizzy.

Self-massage steps for leg lymphoedema:


Self-massage steps for arm lymphoedema:


Any queries or concerns please contact Julia directly at  juliaoji@hotmail.com 


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