Contraindications from the Cleveland Clinic. As you can see, what you would expect. Very safe. As I recommend, ALWAYS consult a physician or their physician when treating any dysfunction or complication beyond your scope. And further, if you want to specialize in this or your practice involves a lot of these cases, Medical Massage is your best bet to help you deal with a variety of cases AND be able to confidently communicate and network with other health professionals.
Generally speaking, lymphatic drainage massage is a safe treatment to relieve lymphedema. There are some conditions and circumstances where lymphatic drainage massage isn’t recommended: