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Manual Lymphatic Drainage


Promoting the flow of lymph fluids around the body

About Manual Lymphatic Drainage


Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a non-invasive gentle massage technique in certain areas of the body, with the primary goal of promoting the flow of the lymph in the lymphatic system. This technique involves a light-pressure and rhythmic movement that stimulates the release of the lymphatic fluid from the body tissues and promotes the absorption of the fluid by the lymph nodes.

Legacies Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) have proper certification to perform the Manual Lymphatic Drainage, and to assess if this treatment is recommended for you. Currently, this service is offered at Legacies Southpoint location.

Our Manual Lymphatic Drainage service includes:

  • 90-min Initial Assessment: Your RMT will assess, gives insight, introduces care plan and treatment options, and perform a hands-on therapy
  • 60/90/120-minute Subsequent Appointment: re-assessment and treatment

Learn more about the Lymphatic System.

Benefits of MLD

If Manual Lymphatic Drainage is recommended for you, it will:

Improves lymphatic drainage

Reduces edema/swelling

Reduces pain

Improves the skin condition in the affected area

Increases venous flow

Promotes healing

Alleviates inflammation

Is Manual Lymphatic Drainage recommended for me?

Any of the below conditions are often benefited by MLD:

  • Lymphedema
  • Traumatic and repetitive strain injuries
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post cancer surgery (i.e. breast cancer surgery)
  • Post cosmetic surgery
  • Pre and post knee replacement surgery (joint replacement)
  • Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)
  • Pre and post-natal care
  • Breast and breast implant care
  • Liposuction
  • Lipedema
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cellulite
  • Burns
  • Psoriasis
  • Post-fracture
  • Neuralgia
  • Chronic Sinusitis

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is not recommended for individuals with:

  • Current infections
  • History blood clots
  • Kidney failure 
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Active cancer without patient’s oncologist consent

If you are unsure if this service is for you, contact us

Lymphatic Drainage Products

Manual Lymphatic Drainage and compression products go hand in hand! Your RMT / MLD therapist can recommend what works best with your condition i.e. socks, sleeves, bra, compression garments. Legacies have these products available for sale. Speak with your RMT. 

Is MLD covered in my Extended Health Insurance?

MLD is performed by a Registered Massage Therapy and covered under ‘Massage Therapy’ in your insurance plan. To verify your own coverage, contact your Extended Health provider. If you have coverage, Legacies may be able to do direct billing to most Extended Health Providers (see list). If we cannot directly bill your provider, Legacies will issue a medical receipt, so you can request reimbursement directly from your insurance provider.

What’s the Lymphatic System and how does it work?

The Lymphatic System is part of the immune system and complimentary to the circulatory system. The lymphatic system pumps lymph, through lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, organs and tissues. Lymph is a fluid mix of water, protein, cellular waste and immune system elements. The lymphatic system continuously filters the lymph for viruses, bacteria, cancerous cells, cell waste, and foreign particles.

The circulatory system brings blood (with oxygen, nutrients and defense cells) to organs and tissues. Then, the lymphatic system collects and drains the lymph fluid (with toxins and cellular waste) from the organs and tissues, and return them to the bloodstream, through the lymphatic system.

Normally, the lymph fluid moves with body movement and muscles contractions, but some conditions and illness (such as infections, surgery, injury, genetic disorders, illness, body stagnation, etc.) may prevent or block the flow of the lymph, causing pain and swelling. When the tissues are swollen for a prolonged period, symptoms consist of fatigue, skin discoloration, tissue inflammation or swelling, heavy limbs, weakness and recurring infections (ex. Sinusitis). 

The primary functions of the lymphatic system are:

  • Managing and maintaining body fluid levels and proper circulation
  • Remove toxins and cellular waste from the circulatory system
  • Defend the body from ‘invasions’ (bacteria, virus, cancer cells etc.)

Why Choose Manual Lymphatic Drainage at Legacies Health Centre?


Our Team treats a wide range of injuries and conditions in our state-of-the-art health centres. Each clinic features private treatment rooms and the latest in therapy, exercise equipment and treatment techniques.

  • Experienced and knowledgeable team of clinicians
  • Wide range of treatment and services under the same roof 
  • Convenient locations across the Lower Mainland
  • Free Parking

Direct Billing available to most services and providers (see list)

What To Expect

Before Your Appointment

If you are coming in to aid in healing after surgery or cancer treatment, please bring as much information about your treatment and health care as possible. This will help us make informed decisions about your treatment plan.

If you are currently experiencing an active cancer, prior to booking your MLD appointment, schedule a consultation with your Oncologist to obtain referral and permission for MLD treatment. 

If you notice any symptoms of a cold please contact us to reschedule your appointment.

Initial Assessment

Legacies RMT specialized and certified for Manual Lymphatic drainage will assess you and obtain information from your medical history. Your therapist will provide you with information, introduce you to a care plan and treatment options, and perform hands-on therapy.

Follow-up Sessions

Subsequent appointments include re-assessment, continued learning, and hands-on therapy.

Frequency of treatment is dependent on patients and their condition. A higher frequency of appointments may be needed at the start of the treatment. Your RMT will advise the frequency needed based on your agreed treatment plan. Frequency may range from once a week to once every 3 months.

When first booking, try to book in 3 sessions, 1 every 2 weeks. This is an average but be adjusted once you talk to your therapist.

After Sessions

It is normal to feel some fatigue and for your body to need and increase in water uptake. Plan to have a restful day after treatment and bring a bottle of water when you come in.

Roxanne, Legacies Manual Lymphatic Drainage Certified Massage Therapist


Roxanne, Registered Massage Therapist

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need a referral to book Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

No referrals are needed to book your appointment. Book your appointment by phone 604-591-5569 or in-person at our health centres.

Is this service covered by my extended Health Plan?

MLD is performed by a Registered Massage Therapy and covered under “Massage Therapy” in your insurance plan. To verify your own coverage, contact your Extended Health provider. If you have coverage, Legacies may be able to do direct billing to most Extended Health Providers (see list).

How often should Manual Lymphatic Drainage be done?

Frequency of treatment is dependent on each patient. You may need a higher frequency of appointments when your treatment starts (i.e. 2 to 3 appointments every two weeks). Your RMT will advise the best frequency based on medical history and condition. Frequency may range from once a week to once every 3 months.

How can I book Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage appointments are only available at Southpoint location. You may book your appointment by phone (604-591-5569) or in-person. A few questions will be asked during booking to ensure this treatment is recommended for you.

I am not sure if MLD is right for me. How will I know?

If you are not sure if this service is for you, contact us.

Locations That Provide Service


Surrey Southpoint

310 – 3091 152 Street, Surrey
Phone: 604-591-5569 (press 2 for Southpoint)
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