Lymphatic Balancing (LB) is a curriculum specifically designed to utilize the philosophy, approach, and specialized manual lymphatic drainage techniques, which were originally designed to treat lymphedema, and apply them to the orthopedic patient. LB is be used to treat excess fluid or swelling, fluid stagnation or lymphedema in the cranium, spine, rib cage, visceral system, and the upper (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand) and lower extremities (hip, knee, ankle and foot). LB expands on the work and teachings of Dr. Emil Vodder (Vodder Method), Bruno Chikly MD, DO (Lymph Drainage Therapy), Dr. Albert Leduc PT, PhD (Leduc method) and osteopathic lymphatic pumping techniques.
The LB procedure involves both short and long lever manual pumping techniques to simulate gentle, specific wave-like movements to stimulate fluid motion, and aid in the re-circulation of the venous and lymphatic flow. These subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation, as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems.