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Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage Call 5438 9111

Available In Our Kawana And Buderim Clinics.

MLD is a light massage used to increase Lymphatic flow, boost the immune system and promote healing and recovery of all kinds. Due to the wide range on benefits Lymphatic Therapy has on the human body and the importance of a well-functioning circulatory system, everybody will benefit from MLD treatment. However, people suffering from illnesses or whom have particular health goals in mind may find this treatment especially suited for them!

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Who can benefit from Lymphatic Therapy?

  • Post Cancer Sufferers
  • Athletes
  • Post Surgery Patients
  • Pregnant women
  • Varicose vein sufferers
  • Those with swollen arms , legs or ankles
  • Those who are feeling ‘sluggish or buffy’
  • Those recovering from illness or surgery
  • Those who stand for long periods

 

Physio Professions is offering Lymphoedema treatment from their Buderim and Kawana Clinics.
Lymphoedema patients experience symptoms such as; swelling, chronic inflammation, changes in skin colour and texture and venerability to infection.

Primary lymphoedema is a congenital condition that affects how the lymph vessels where formed. Secondary lymphoedema is caused by cancer treatment such as radiation and the removal of lymph nodes, trauma to the body and repeated bouts of infection. Without treatment Lymphoedema is predicted to continually worsen, patients are at risk of developing serious infection, irreversible swelling and discoloration of the skin. Treatment for Lymphoedema includes; skin care, massage, compression ware and exercise.

How Treatment Works

Skin care Important to minimise risk of infection, the correct cleanliness and hydration/moisturising is limiting the bacteria on the skin and dryness that can cause easy skin breaks causing bacteria to spread internally.
Massage, Specialised Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Specialised MLD involves re directing fluid to different area of the body not affected by lymphoedema; the full sequence (specifically catered for each individual) moves the fluid from the oedematous area to lymphotomes with the natural ability to absorb the fluid and increases the flow of lymphatic system to cater for the extra fluid. This can provide instant results and reduction as the fluid begins to move. MLD by a trained Decongestive Lymphatic Therapist involves different and more complex techniques than standard MLD.
Compression Bandaging and Garments. Compression ware causes a mild increase in total tissue pressure. The lymphatics become compressed between muscle and the bandage, causing them to pump more effectively during movement as well as increasing permeability of interstitial fluid into the veins, resulting in reductions of Lymphoedema. Garments also prevent the limb or affected area from increasing in size and protects the skin.
Exercise Specifically catered for the individual mild exercises are practiced to increase circulation and force fluid away from the affected area. Compression is to be worn during these exercises.

 

 

How can Lymphatic therapy help you?

• Increase lymphatic flow
• Improve cardiac circulation (swollen ankles due to poor venous return)
• Boost Immunity
• Reduce bruising
• Reduce inflammation
• Promotes recovery from surgy and injury
• Promotes recovery from illness
• Reduces congestion in the sinus
• Promotes recovery after exercise
• Improves comfort throughout pregnancy
• Reduces fatigue

 

What is Lymphoedema?

 

Lymphoedema is an abnormal accumulation of high protein fluid in the interstitial caused by  malfunctioning of the lymphatic system.

  • Swelling
  • changes in skin and tissue texture
  • vulnerability to infection
  • chronic low level inflammation.

Lymphoedema can be Primary (hereditary or birth anomaly) or Secondary (acquired from damage to the lymphatic system).

Secondary Lymphoedema can occur from cancer treatments such as radiation and the removal of lymph nodes, trauma to the body and skin such as burns, motor vehicle accidents, obesity, lipoedema, repeated bouts of local infection, insect bites, bacteria, fungi and much more.    It is important that ‘AT RISK’ of lymphoedema patients are treated too! Lymphoedema can strike at anytime post cancer treatment.

 

Sarah Carmichael – PhysiotherapistSarah Carmichael - Physiotherapist

 B. Sc. Physiotherapy 

Sarah grew up in Augathella, attended James Cook University and graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Sarah’s interest areas include Pilates, women’s health and musculoskeletal physiotherapy and she has completed her level 2 Pilates training, formal training in Women’s health and Lymphoedema management . Sarah’s strengths lay in her ability to effective communicate and implement a treatment plans to help achieve pain free living. Outside of physiotherapy Sarah’s hobbies include swimming, hiking and leading an active lifestyle.

Sarah specialises in General Physiotherapy, Shoulders, Womens’ Health,  Lymphoedema management & Chronic Pain .

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