Research articles and textbooks specific to Manual Lymph Drainage

Updated: June 2016

Articles and books appear in alphabetical order by last name of principle author.

Newly added articles and textbooks are highlighted with yellow.
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K. Arsenault K, L. Rielly:  Effects of Complete Decongestive Therapy on the Incidence Rate of Hospitalization for the Management of Recurrent Cellulitis in Adults with Lymphedema. Rehabilitation Oncology, 2011, Vol. 29, No. 3

R. Asplund: Manual Lymph Drainage therapy using light massage for fibromyalgia sufferers: a pilot study. Journal of Orthopaedic Nursing. 2003; 7: 192 - 196

M. Boris et. al: Persistence of lymphedema reduction after non-invasive Complex Lymphedema Therapy. Oncology 1997 11, 1.

M. Chin: MLD Certification. Advance for Occupational Therapists, April 29 1996. Merion Publications

M. Chin: Case History, Using MLD for Shoulder Problems. Advance for Occupational Therapists, September 16 1996. Merion Publications

N. Devoodgt: Effect of manual lymph drainage in addition to guidelines and exercise therapy on arm lymphoedema related to breast cancer: randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2011;343:d5326 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d5326


J. R. Ebert et. al: Randomized Trial Investigating the Efficacy of Manual Lymphatic Drainage to Improve Early Outcome After Total Knee Arthroplasty.Arch Phys Med Rehab 2013 (in press).

G. Ekici et. al.: Comparison of Manual Lymph Drainage and Connective Tissue massage in Women with Fibromyalgia: A Randomised Controlled Trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, February 2009.

F. Ferla et al.:  Retrospective Study on Manual Lymph Drainage with or without combined use of Elastic Sleeve. In Progress in Lymphology XIII, Elsevier Science Publishers B.V. 1991, pp 561-562.

E. Foeldi: Massage and Damage to Lymphatics. Lymphology  1995; 28 1-3

M. Foeldi: The Therapy of Lymphedema. European Journal of Lymphology 1993; 4, 14

M. Foeldi: Treatment of Lymphedema. Lymphology 1994; 27, 1-5

K. Godette et.al. Can Manual Treatment of Lymphedema Promote Metastasis? Journal Soc. Integ. Oncol. 2006; 4, 1.

R.H. Harris: Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage. Hand in Hand, Journal of the Canadian Massage Therapist Association. Winter 1991.

R.H. Harris: The Vodder Method, an introduction to manual lymph drainage. Massage Therapy Journal 1992; 31, 1.

R.H. Harris: Edema and its treatment in Massage Therapy. Journal of Soft Tissue Manipulation 1994; 1 # 4.

R.H. Harris: Neil Piller and Advances in Lymphology in Australia. British Columbia Massage Practitioner 1994; 14 # 1.

R.H. Harris: Current Research and Clinical Findings with Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage. British Columbia Massage Practitioner 1994; 14 # 2.

R.H. Harris: Australasian Lymphology Conference. Journal of Soft Tissue Manipulation, 1998, Vol. 6 #1.

R.H. Harris: New Developments in Manual Lymph Drainage. British Columbia Massage Practitioner 1998; 18 # 2.

R.H. Harris, N.B. Piller: Three case studies indication the effectiveness of manual lymph drainage on patients with primary and secondary lymphedema using objective measuring tools. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (2003) 7 (4) 213 – 223

R.H. Harris. Manual Lymph Drainage: Research Shows Effectiveness with Lymphoedema Patients.  Massage Therapy Canada, Spring 2004; 14 – 16.

Hsiao, P-C, Liu, J-T, et. al: Risk of breast cancer recurrence in patients receiving manual lymphatic drainage: a hospital-based cohort study. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management 2015:11 349–358 http://www.dovepress.com/risk-of-breast-cancer-recurrence-in-patients-receiving-manual-lymphati-peer-reviewed-article-TCRM

P. Hutzschenreuter, H. Brummer, K. Eberfeld: Experimental and clinical studies of the mechanism of effect of manual lymph drainage therapy. Z. Lymphol. 1989. 13: 62-64.

P. Hutzschenreuteret. al: Post mastectomy Arm Lymphedema: Treated by Manual lymph Drainage and Compression Bandage therapy. European Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1991; 1, 6

P. Hutzschenreuter, Herpertz, U: Primary and secondary lymphedema in children treated with manual lymph drainage and compression therapy. European Journal of Lymphology 1993; 4, 14.

S.K. Johannsen et. al: Effects of Compression Bandaging With or Without Manual Lymph Drainage Treatment In Patients With  Postoperative Arm Lymphedema. Lymph Link,  Publ. by National Lymphedema Network, San Francisco, CA.  2000; 12, 1

S.K Johansson: Lymphoedema and Breast Cancer, A Physiotherapeutic Approach. Studentlitteratur, Lund University, 2002 ISBN: 91-628-5117-9

W.F. Jungi: The prevention and management of lymphoedema after treatment of breast cancer. Basel, Eular Publ: International Rehabilitation  Medicine 1981; 3.

R. Kaaja, E. Tiula: Die Wirkung der Manuelle Lymphdrainage bei Nephrotischen Oedemen (The effect of MLD on nephrotic oedema). Haug: Akt. Beitrage zur MLD. 1992; 3, 105.

R. Kaaja, E. Tiula: Manual Lymph Drainage in Nephrotic syndrome during pregnancy. The Lancet 1989 21/10/89:  990

R Kasseroller: Compendium of Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage. Heidelberg, Haug 1998 1st Ed. (available from Dr. Vodder School).

S.J. Kim et. al.: Effects of Manual Lymph Drainage on Cardiac Autonomic Tone in Healthy Subjects.  International Journal of Neuroscience, 2009, 119:1105–1117

S. Krueger, E. Mooney, E. Tucker: A study of the effects of Manual Lymph Drainage on fibromyalgia. Journal of Soft Tissue Manipulation, 1998, 5 # 3
 
R Koul: Efficacy of Complete Decongestive Therapy and Manual Lymphatic Drainage on treatment-related lymphedema in breast cancer. Int. Journal of Radiation Oncology 2007. Vol. 67, #  3,  841-846.

I. Kurz: Textbook of Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage. Heidelberg, Haug 1997; Vol. 2,  4th  ed.

I. Kurz: Textbook of Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage. Heidelberg, Haug 1996 Vol. 3,  3rd  ed.

M. Lacomba et. al.: Effectiveness of early physiotherapy to prevent lymphoedema after surgery for breast cancer: randomised, single blinded, clinical trial. BMJ 2010;340:b5396 doi:10.1136/bmj.b5396

R. Lerner: The ideal treatment of lymphedema. Massage Therapy Journal 1992; 31, 1.

S. Madalli-Bongi et. al: Manual Lymph Drainage Improving Upper Extremity Edema and Hand Function in Patients With Systemic Sclerosis in Edematous Phase. Arthritis Care & Research, August 2011, Vol. 63, No. 8, pp 1134–1141.


Masson, B, de Oliveira, I et. al: Manual lymphatic drainage and therapeutic ultrasound in liposuction and lipoabdominoplasty post-operative period. Indian J Plast Surg. 2014 Jan-Apr; 47(1): 70–76. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4075221/

H. Mislin: Die Lymphdrainage als biotechnisches Problem (Lymph drainage as a biotechnical problem). Heidelberg, Haug Erfahrungsheilkunde 1984; 9,  pp 573-577.

E. Nechas: Case of the ballooning limb. In Prevention magazine 1991, November.

J. Petrek, P. Pressman, R. Smith,  Lymphedema. 1998 American Cancer Society: NCICFUL, PO Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368-2454, USA

N.B. Piller, R. Harris: Objective measurement of the effectiveness of a single session of Manual Lymphatic Drainage of primary and secondary lymphoedema of the leg. Lymphology , 2002, 35 (suppl.) p. 289-292.

N.B. Piller, Douglass, J: Manual Lymphatic Drainage – an effective treatment for lymphoedemas. Journal of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists.  2004, Vol 2, #4. p. 8 – 13.

M.P. Pronsati: PT Patients respond to Massage Technique (MLD).  Advance for Physical Therapists 1990.

P.T. Pugliese, L. Garafallou: Lymphatic Drainage Massage. In  S. Bosniak. W.B. Saunders. Principles and Practice of Ophthalmic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery  1996, pp 651-656

S.M. Ramos, L.S. O'Donnell, G. Knight: Edema volume, not timing is the key to success in lymphedema treatment. Am. Jour. Surg. 1999, 178,  311 - 315.


J-M Shim, S-J Kim: Manual Lymph Drainage attenuates frontal EEG asymmetry in subjects with psychological stress: A preliminary study. J. Phys. Ther. Sci., 2014, 26, 529-531

G. Szolnoky, K. Szendi-Horváth, et. al: Manual Lymph Drainage effectively reduces postoperative facial swelling and discomfort after removal of impacted third molars. Lymphology 40 (2007) 138-142

I.C. Tan et. al.: Assessment of lymphatic contractile function after manual lymphatic drainage using near-infrared fluorescence imaging. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. May 2011, 92(5):756-764.e1.

K. Tribe: Treatment of Lymphoedema: The Central Importance of Manual Lymph Drainage. Physiotherapy 1995 (UK). 81, 3

G. L. Vario et. al.: Systematic review of efficacy for manual lymphatic drainage techniques in sports medicine and rehabilitation: an evidence-based practice approach. J Man Manip Ther. 2009;17(3):e80-9.

H. Von.Trettin: Der Einsatz der Manuellen Lymphdrainage bei der Behandlung Migraenekranker (The use of manual lymph drainage in the treatment of migraine patients).Heidelberg, Haug: Erfahrungs-Heilkunde, 1984;  33, 9.

H. Weissleder et. al: Lymphedema Diagnosis and Therapy. Bonn, Viavital 2001 4th Ed (available from Dr. Vodder School)

A.F. Williams et. al:  A randomized crossover study to compare the effects of manual lymph drainage (MLD) and self administered massage (SAM) in women with breast cancer-related lymphoedema. The Journal of MLD UK. Vol. 6, Issue 2, 2000. (PO Box 14491, Glenrthes, Fife, Scotland KY6 3YE, UK).

A.F. Williams et. al:  A randomized controlled crossover study of manual lymphatic drainage therapy in women with breast cancer-related lymphoedema. European Journal of Cancer Care. 2002. 11(4):254-61.

A.F. Williams: Breast and trunk oedema after treatment for breast cancer. Journal of Lymphoedema, 2006. Vol.1, 1.

A.F. Williams: Manual lymphatic drainage: exploring the history and evidence base. British Journal of Community Nursing, April 2010, 15 (4 Supp) S18 - S24

D. Wittlinger: Einfluss der Manuellen Lymphdrainage und der Klassischen Massage auf das Laktatverhalten unter Belastung bei einem Leistungssportler (The influence of M.L.D and classical massage on the lactate reaction to exertion in a competitive athlete). Physikalische Therapie 9 12/88.

H. and G. Wittlinger: Textbook of Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage. Heidelberg, Thieme, 2004; Vol. I, 7h ed.

H. Wittlinger et. al: Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage: A Practical Guide, Thieme, 2011 (available from Dr. Vodder School).

H. Wittlinger, R.H. Harris & K. McKillip-Thrift: Dr. Vodder's MLD: current perspectives. Massage Therapy Journal 1993: 32 (2) : 46 - 53