Contraindications of Lymphatic Work

Contraindications happen when an increase in lymph flow would be detrimental. Contraindications can either be absolute or relative. Check with your physician before doing any lymphatic work, as they can override relative contraindications if they feel it can be helpful, but the absolute contraindications cannot be overridden.

Absolute Contraindications:

  • Acute Inflammation: caused by bacteria, viruses and poisons are contraindicated. Tissues will be red, hot, and painful with congestion accompanied by fever. Lymphatic drainage will push these substances into the lymph channels before the body has a chance to eliminate them. This way one can spread the toxic substances throughout the body. It is best to wait a few days until the condition is not acute and the body has had a chance to clean up the area.
  • Malignant Tumors: there is a fear of spreading the cancer.
  • Thrombosis: can lead to free floating blood clots in the circulatory system.
  • Major heart problems: if the heart is not fully functioning, edema can be lymphodynamic due to a lack of venous return. Pumping more fluid in the heart may stress it more than the actual condition.

Relative Indications or Precautions:

  • Kidney problems
  • Bronchial Asthma
  • Thyroid problems
  • Medications
  • Chemotherapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Menstruation
  • Removed Spleen