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Lymphoedema Treatment

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What is Lymphoedema?

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

Lymphoedema can be Primary (hereditary or birth anomaly) or Secondary (acquired from damage to the lymphatic system) and present as:

Swelling

  • Changes in skin and tissue texture
  • Vulnerability to infection
  • Chronic low-level inflammation


Secondary Lymphoedema can occur from:

  • Cancer treatments (radiation etc.)
  • Lymph nodes removal
  • Body and skin trauma (burns, repeated bouts of local infection, insect bites and more)


Without treatment, Lymphoedema is predicted to worsen continually, and patients risk developing serious infection, irreversible swelling and discolouration of the skin.

Treatment for Lymphedema includes skin care, massage, compression wear and exercise.

***It is important that “At Risk” Lymphoedema patients are treated too! Lymphoedema can strike at anytime post-cancer treatment.***

Who can benefit from Lymphatic Therapy?

  • Post cosmetic surgical procedures
  • 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

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

When should you consult our physiotherapists?

  • Neck tightness
  • Shoulder pain
  • Head and neck Lymphoedema
  • Reduced body strength
  • Reduced fitness

Physiotherapy treatment for Lymphoedema.

Lymphoedema treatments range from skincare and exercise to compression.

We highly recommend our Massage and Specialised Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) treatment available at our Birtinya and Buderim clinics.  

MLD is a light massage used to increase Lymphatic flow, boost the immune system and promote healing and recovery. Due to the wide range of 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 with particular health goals may find this treatment especially suited.

How treatments can work.

Skincare

Skincare is important to minimise the risk of infection. The correct cleanliness and hydration/moisturising limit the bacteria on the skin and dryness that can cause easy skin breaks causing bacteria to spread internally.

Exercise

Mild exercises are specifically catered for the individual and practised to increase circulation and force fluid away from the affected area. Compression is to be worn during these exercises.

Compression Bandaging and Garments

Compression wear prompts a mild increase in total tissue pressure. The lymphatics become compressed between muscle and the bandage, causing them to pump more effectively during movement and increasing the permeability of interstitial fluid into the veins, resulting in reductions of Lymphoedema. Garments also prevent the limb or affected area from increasing size and protect the skin.

Massage, Specialised Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

This treatment involves re-directing fluid to a 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 the lymphatic system to cater for the extra fluid. 

This can provide instant results and reduction as the fluid begins to move. 

MLD practised by a trained Decongestive Lymphatic Therapist involves different and more complex techniques than standard MLD.

Contact us today for a consult for the best Lymphatic treatment for you.