Lymphatic Drainage Massage in Adelaide’s inner southern suburb, Goodwood.

Lymphoedema massage, also known lymphatic drainage massage, is an effective non-invasive treatment that reduces fluid build-up in the body.

It works by gently stimulating the body’s natural lymphatic system to remove excess fluids and improve circulation to the affected area.

The lymphatic massage technique can be helpful for people with lymphedema, which occurs when lymph nodes or vessels become blocked or damaged. For example, lymphedema may develop following an arm or leg amputation, or it may occur because of breast cancer or another condition involving surgery to remove or damage lymph nodes or vessels.

What is lymphoedema?

Lymphedema is a condition that causes the lymph nodes to swell as a result of reduced drainage, which in turn prevents them from functioning properly. This leads to an accumulation of fluid and protein that can cause the skin to become thick, heavy and painful.

An effective treatment option for lymphedema is lymphatic drainage massage (LDM). This is because it improves the flow of fluid in the body and helps reduce levels of protein in the tissues, which may lead to further swelling.

Who needs lymphatic drainage?

Lymphatic drainage massage can be used to help those with lymphoedema. The lymph nodes in the body produce a clear fluid called lymph that drains into the bloodstream, carrying nutrients and white blood cells.

When a person has lymphedema, their lymph vessels are damaged from surgery or radiation treatments so their body cannot drain properly, which causes swelling and high pressure in the arm or leg which can be very uncomfortable and even painful. 

Lymphoedema and Lymphedema

These two words are variants of same symptom, where there is tissue swelling caused by an accumulation of protein-rich fluid that’s usually drained through the body’s lymphatic system.

It most commonly affects the arms or legs, but can also occur in the chest wall, abdomen, neck and genitals.

The spelling difference can create confusion for some people, but the difference can be easily explained:

  • Lymphoedema
    This is the internationally accepted spelling that is also preferred in Australia.
  • Lymphedema
    This is the US spelling variant and not generally used in Australia.

How do I know if I have lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is a chronic condition that develops when the lymphatic system becomes damaged. This leads to an accumulation of lymph fluid in the tissues, which causes swelling and inflammation. The swelling can cause pain and restrict movement.

Other benefits of lymphatic massage

  • Lymphatic drainage massage can decrease swelling and fluid retention after cosmetic surgery, allowing for an expedited healing process. It should be used with compression garments post-surgery to maximize recovery time.
  • Supports relaxation and relieves stress
  • Reduces scar formation by boosting healing responses

Preparing for your lymphatic massage.

Before the lymphatic massage treatment begins, your therapist may ask you to remove outer clothing and jewellery, as well as any restrictive clothing such as a belt or tight socks. You will be on a massage table covered with a sheet.

Are there any side effects to lymphatic massage?

Lymphatic drainage massage is a great, safe way to maintain your lymphoedema management plan. However, those with an active infection should have the infection treated before receiving lymphatic drainage massage.

How often should I get a lymphatic massage treatment?

The frequency of treatments will depend on the severity and type of lymphedema.

For example, a person with mild to moderate secondary lymphoedema may only need one treatment per week while someone with severe primary lymphedema may need two or three treatments per week.

SCENAR helps with Lymphatic drainage massage.

What is SCENAR Therapy?

SCENAR therapy, an acronym for Self-Controlled Energo Neuro Adaptive Regulator, is a non-invasive therapeutic approach that utilizes a handheld device to deliver electrical impulses to the skin. These impulses are designed to mimic the body’s natural biofeedback mechanism, aiming to:

  1. Stimulate the body’s innate healing processes.
  2. Reduce pain and inflammation.
  3. Improve circulation.

Read more about SCENAR Therapy here.

The Synergy of SCENAR and Lymphatic Drainage Massage

When combined, SCENAR therapy and lymphatic drainage massage can offer a myriad of benefits:

  • Enhanced Circulation
    Both therapies inherently improve circulation. While SCENAR therapy does this by delivering electrical impulses to stimulate nerve endings and improve blood flow, lymphatic drainage massage manually propels lymph fluid through the lymph nodes. This combined approach can expedite a much faster and more extensive removal of toxins and waste from the body.
  • Reduced Pain and Inflammation
    SCENAR therapy is known for its pain-relieving properties. When used alongside lymphatic drainage massage, which reduces swelling by aiding the flow of lymphatic fluids, the patient can experience a significant reduction in pain and inflammation.
  • Boosted Immune System
    The lymphatic system is integral to immune function. Lymphatic drainage massage aids in the transportation of white blood cells throughout the body. SCENAR therapy’s role in improving overall body function can, in turn, support and amplify the immune-boosting effects of the massage.
  • Relaxation and Stress Reduction
    The gentle nature of lymphatic drainage massage offers relaxation. When paired with the pain-relieving effects of SCENAR therapy, this can provide a holistic approach to stress reduction, promoting overall mental well-being.
  • Personalized Treatment
    SCENAR devices can be adjusted to suit individual needs, allowing for a personalized treatment experience. Combined with the customized pressure and lymphatic drainage massage techniques, it ensures a therapy tailored to the individual’s requirements.

SCENAR amplifies the therapeutic benefit of a Lymphatic Massage

While Scenar therapy and lymphatic drainage massage are potent in their own right, their combined application can amplify their therapeutic benefits. This complementary approach offers a holistic healing experience, addressing both physiological and psychological facets of well-being.

Whether one seeks relief from a specific ailment or a general enhancement of health, this integrated approach with SCENAR provides an optimized pathway to rejuvenation, healing, and balance.

The best lymphatic drainage massage in Adelaide

Michael Butler provides the best lymphatic drainage massage in Adelaide by merging SCENAR with traditional lymphatic massage techniques.  

​​Types of Lymphatic Treatments

There are many different types of lymphatic drainage including:

Manual lymph drainage

This form is a form of lymphatic treatment that uses special equipment, such as pumps and tubes, to remove excess fluid and toxins from body tissues.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic drainage massage is a technique that helps reduce swelling by stimulating the lymph system.

It also reduces the risk of developing complications like lymphedema.


Compression bandaging

This passive treatment involves using graded multilayer compression garments to displace lymphatic fluid.

This can be helpful for patients when they are unable to attend a lymphatic clinic.


Moving about regularly and doing special exercises, such as walking or resistance training can help manage lymphodema.

Skin Care

Keeping your skin in good condition and reducing the chance of infection.


Michael Butler’s Clinic Location

389 Goodwood Rd, Westbourne Park SA 5041

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lymphoedema examples

Lymphoedema examples. Image: Wikipedia

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