The lymphatic drainage is a slow and gentle lymphatic massage intended to restart the circulation of the lymph, a colorless liquid which moves in the lymphatic vessels draining toxins and cellular debris.
In fact, a manual lymphatic massage promotes and accelerates the lymph’s flow through capillaries and lymphatic vessels to the lymph nodes. This massage allows the lymph reintegration into the bloodstream, preventing stagnating in legs, face or stomach
With a medical prescription, linfatic drainages performed by our physiotherapists are reimbursed by your insurance.
Manual lymphatic drainage: how is performed
It is done by moving the hand’s fingers and palms all over your body, following the direction of the lymphatic flow and varying the pressure: It is a decongestion measure stimulating the lymphatic vessels motricity and facilitating the capacity of transporting excess tissue fluid.
The most used method is the Vodder one, from the doctor that invented it.
Lymphatic drainage massage: benefits and applications
The lymphatic drainage can be used to reduce tissues water retention and for wellness if you have heavy legs, varicose veins and venous insufficiency.
Also, it is very useful in reducing a lymphedema, which is a swelling caused by lymph accumulation usually during the last months of pregnancy.
After cancer surgery like a mastectomy, removal of the breast, the patient will have manual lymphatic drainage sessions to reduce the arm edema.
Finally, a manual lymphatic drainage is very beneficial if you feel tired; it provides a strong relaxing and calming effect, while stimulating the immune system.
Healthy lifestyle to stimulate the lymphatic system
Let’s move: regular movement it is really important! Exercise promotes circulation and specifically the lymphatic one because the lymph is not directly pumped by the heart like arterial blood.
The right diet: Any excess weight gain will interfere with the lymphatic return so it must be avoided also by following a balanced diet with low or no added sugar, limited animal proteins and lot of vegetables and water.
Lymphatic drainage Treatments Practical info
In case you have a physiotherapy prescription from your doctor and a Swiss insurance, the agreed
rates between the Swiss Physiotherapy Association and the Swiss Insurances apply. Those rates
are the same for all the clinics and in the Canton Vaud are:
30 minutes treatment cost
: 48 CHF
45 minutes treatment cost
: 77 CHF
One off charge for the first treatment
: 24 CHF
Charge for home treatment
: 34 CHF
Without prescription or with an International insurance, the subsidized conditions do not apply
and the rates are a) 30 minutes treatment cost: 65 CHF, b) 45 minutes treatment cost: 95 CHF, c)
One off charge for first treatment: 25 CHF, d) Charge for home treatment: 30 CHF
Against a medical prescription the treatments performed by our therapist are reimbursed by your
basic insurance (LAMAL) or accident insurance (LAA). In case of international insurance, you are
also entitled to a reimbursement, for the specific conditions applied please refer to them.
Physiocare will address the invoice directly to your insurance. Without prescription or with an
international insurance we will invoice you.
The treatment can be 30 or 45 minutes depending on your prescription if available and your needs. This time includes what required by the patient to undress and dress. A physiotherapy prescription is valid for a maximum of nine treatments that need to start within 5 weeks from the prescription date. If needed, the prescription can be renewed by your doctor. After 36 sessions for the same problem, you will need approval from the insurance to continue.
Treatments missed or not cancelled 24 hours in advance are charged. Monday appointments need to be cancelled latest by Friday at 12:00
Please bring with you your insurance card and all documents that might be useful to evaluate your
needs. (Radiography, etc.). In case of accident, we would need the accident date, the accident
number and the accident insurance firm.