Using a gentle massage, special grips and gentle strokes, manual lymphatic drainage supports the decongestion of swollen tissue caused by fluid retention. A common trigger for edema (fluid retention and associated swelling) is trauma or surgery, for example.

Edema is caused by blood in the vascular system carrying nutrients to cells and tissues. Normally, the lymphatic system drains the excess fluid back into the bloodstream. However, if the outflow is disturbed, for example because lymphatic channels were cut during surgery or an injury impedes lymphatic flow, the fluid can accumulate in the tissue and form edema.

Arms and legs are particularly frequently affected. Manual lymphatic drainage activates the lymphatic system and helps the tissue to absorb and eliminate the accumulated fluid.

To book lymphatic drainage, select " Lymphatic drainage" as the method in the online booking tool.


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45 minutes: 115 CHF
60 minutes: 135 CHF
75 minutes: 162 CHF
90 minutes: 192 CHF


Costs covered by health insurance 50%-90%.

No prescription from a doctor is necessary.

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When should lymphatic drainage be performed?

Manual lymphatic drainage is suitable for various applications, such as swollen arms or legs due to lymphatic fluid or lipolymphedema. The healing process can also be supported by regular applications in the case of sports injuries.
Manual lymphatic drainage can also be useful in cases of venous weakness and orthopedic as well as traumatological diseases that are associated with swelling. In addition, it can also be used for burns, whiplash, migraine and similar conditions. After surgery, regular manual drainage is recommended to stimulate the healing process and reduce swelling.
Manual lymphatic drainage can be particularly helpful with scars to improve the mobility of scar tissue and to support the regeneration of lymphatic vessels in severed tissue. The improved drainage of lymphatic fluid can reduce swelling more quickly.

When should drainage treatment not be done?

Manual lymphatic drainage is not suitable for all patients. Manual lymphatic drainage should not be used in cases of acute thrombosis, untreated malignancies, pronounced cardiac insufficiency, acute septic inflammation, decompensated heart failure, (malignant) tumors, fever, inflammatory processes of unclear etiology, erysipelas, and cardiac edema.
In some cases, however, manual lymphatic drainage is possible in a modified form or under certain precautions. This is the case, for example, in chronic inflammations, expired thromboses, hypotension, thyroid dysfunction, pregnancy and asthma. In any case, however, manual lymphatic drainage should always be used in consultation with the attending physician in order to minimize any risks and achieve the best possible treatment success.

What is the lymphatic drainage procedure at Origin Massage in Winterthur?

1. At the beginning of the treatment, your therapist will take a comprehensive medical history. All information that is important for the treatment of your problem will be collected. The anamnesis can take between 5 and 20 minutes, depending on the complexity of your issue.
2. After the anamnesis the treatment begins. The therapist leaves the room briefly so that you can undisturbed undress the parts of your body that will be treated and settle on the massage table.
3. the therapist focuses on your problem and applies various techniques. During the treatment, you are in communication, for example, about whether the pressure is strong enough, whether the technique is causing pain, or whether the therapist is hitting the trigger points. Your therapist and you should work together as a team.
4. After the treatment, you discuss how many treatments it will take for your problem and make the next appointment.

Duration & Booking

Lymphatic drainage at Origin Massage usually takes between 45 and 75 minutes. It depends on your request how much time is needed. If you are unsure, contact us by phone +41 76 76402 26, or by email info@origin-massage.ch, we will be happy to advise you.

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