Manual lymphatic drainage: exploring the history and evidence base

Anne Williams*

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Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is an integral part of lymphoedema treatment but there is limited evidence to guide clinical practice. This paper outlines the historical background to MLD and provides insights into the evidence relating to the effect and efficacy of manual lymph drainage, highlighting considerations for lymphoedema practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S18-23
JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
Issue numberSupplement 3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2010


  • manual lymph drainage (MLD)
  • lymphoedema
  • evidence for MLD
  • therapeutic effect of MLD


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