Simple Lymphatic Drainage massage for right leg swelling

Simple Lymphatic Drainage massage is a simple form of self-massage that can be done at home, ideally at least once a day.
The aim is to clear a drainage route for lymphatic fluid to drain away from a swollen area. This is a slow, very gentle massage performed without oil or cream.

Deep Breathing

  • Rest your hands on your abdomen so that you can feel the
  • bottom of your ribs, fingers touching. Breathe in slowly and deeply. You will feel your hands move apart as your abdomen expands.
  • Take 5 slow deep breaths


  • Place hands flat against your neck, little fingers just below your ears. Stretch the skin downwards gently, then release the stretch. Repeat 5 times.
  • Repeat 5 skin stretches in a lower position on your neck.
  • Cross your arms and find the hollow behind each collar bone. With flat fingers, press gently down. Repeat 5 times.
  • Repeat these three steps twice more.

You are now ready to start work on your body. The right armpit will provide the exit route for fluid from your swollen leg.

  • Place your hand under your right armpit. Massage gently
  • upwards into the armpit, counting slowly to 3 then rest for a count of 3. Repeat 10 times.
  • Position 1: place the flat of your hand onto your chest below your right armpit. Stretch the skin gently
  • upwards then release the pressure, allowing the skin to move back itself. Repeat 5 times.
  • Position 2: place your hand lower and stretch skin upwards 5 times.
  • Position 3: Place your hand at waist level and repeat skin stretches here 10 times.
  • Positions 4 and 5: do 5 skin stretches at each position.
  • If both legs are affected repeat body massage on the left side.

Deep breathing

  • Finish with 5 slow deep breaths

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