Lymphatic pump

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The lymphatic pump is a method of manipulation used by physicians who practice manual medicine (primarily osteopathic physicians and chiropractors).[citation needed]


The term lymphatic pump was invented by Earl Miller, D.O. to describe what was formerly known in osteopathic medicine as the thoracic pump technique.[1]


The technique is applied to a person lying down by holding their ankle and applying gentle pressure repeatedly using the leg as a "lever" to rock the pelvis.[2]

Relative contraindications[edit]

While no firmly established absolute contraindications exist for lymphatic techniques, the following cases are examples of relative contraindications: bone fractures, bacterial infections with fever, abscesses, and cancer.[3]


  1. ^ "Glossary of Osteopathic Terminology". American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. April 2009. p. 28. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Grace S, Deal M (2012). Textbook of Remedial Massage. Elsevier Australia. p. 169. ISBN 978-0-7295-3969-2. 
  3. ^ [unreliable medical source?]Savarese, Robert G.; Copabianco, John D.; Cox, James J. (2009). OMT review. p. 126. ISBN 978-0967009018.