|Applying therapy to leg
Bandaging Hand |
I do follow-up treatments for those with lymphedema in order to help maintain swelling reduction. Follow-up appointments consist of Manual Lymph Drainage, specific to their condition, and bandaging, as needed. I also do Manual Lymph Drainage treatments for those at risk for lymphedema in order to help prevent it from occurring.
What is Lymphedema? It's an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the interstitial tissue that causes swelling, most often in the arm(s) and/or leg(s), and occasionally in other parts of the body. Lymphedema can develop when lymphatic vessels are missing or impaired, or when lymph vessels are damaged or lymph nodes removed.
When the impairment becomes so great that the lymphatic fluid exceeds the lymphatic transport capacity, an abnormal amount of protein-rich fluid collects in the tissues of the affected area. Left untreated, this stagnant, protein-rich fluid not only causes tissue channels to increase in size and
|number, but also reduces oxygen availability in the transport system, interferes with wound healing, and provides a culture medium for bacteria that can result in lymphangitis (infection).
Signs or symptoms of lymphedema to watch out for include:
If you notice persistent swelling, it is very important that you seek immediate medical advice (and get at least one second opinion) as early diagnosis and treatment improves both the prognosis and the condition.
- A full sensation in the limb(s)
- Skin feeling tight
- Decreased flexibility in the hand, wrist or ankle
- Difficulty fitting into clothing in one specific area, or ring/wristwatch/bracelet tightness.
Before Lymphedema Therapy
After Lymphedema Therapy
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