OMT Minute  |   July 2018
Osteopathic Lymphatic Pump Techniques
Author Notes
  • From the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA in Vallejo. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: This video was produced by Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, 1310 Club Dr, Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 94592-1187. E-mail: stacey.piercetalsma@tu.edu
     
Article Information
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
OMT Minute   |   July 2018
Osteopathic Lymphatic Pump Techniques
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2018, Vol. 118, e43-e44. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.112
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2018, Vol. 118, e43-e44. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.112
Lymphatic pumps are gentle passive techniques that may be used on patients in both the inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. Pumps are used to facilitate fluid movement or immune responses in patients with varying symptoms and disease states. Somatic dysfunction affecting lymphatic flow may contribute to edema, impaired clearance of infection, and altered tissue healing and immune responses. In this article, we highlight key points regarding the lymphatic system and the role of lymphatic pump treatment (LPT) in clinical care. 
The lymphatic system is a secondary circulatory system composed of a complex network of lymphatic channels, capillaries, nodes, plexes, tissues, and organs. This system serves to maintain homeostasis, support the immune response, and improve fluid balance.1 It collects and filters fluid and proteins from interstitial tissue and absorbs and transports nutrients.1 

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