Document Type

Student Research Paper


Spring 2018

Academic Department

Occupational Therapy

Faculty Advisor(s)

Daniel Panchik


Lymphedema, swelling due to impaired flow of lymph fluid, is a result of interrupted lymph circulation of the lymphatic system (McLafferty, Hendry, & Farley, 2012). This project aims to review and synthesize literature regarding the physiology of the lymphatic system, treatment of lymphedema involving the use of manual lymph drainage (MLD), and technology advances in the use of negative pressure in treatment and intervention in lymph flow. In addition to the literature review and synthesis, one Certified Lymphedema Therapist and physical therapist will be interviewed and asked to provide commentary on her experience using an advanced technology, the LymphaTouch®.


Senior thesis.