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Certified Lymphedema Therapy

What is Lymphedema Therapy?

Lymphedema is chronic swelling and accumulation of protein-rich fluid. Primary Lymphedema is from a congenital defect in the lymphatic vessels. Secondary Lymphedema is caused by damage to the lymphatic system from cancer surgery or radiation, trauma, obesity, or infection.

Treatment may include lymphatic massage, wrapping, compression bandaging, or exercise specific to the individual to increase muscle & joint pumping actions. 

Lymphedema Signs & Symptoms:
  • Swelling of all/part of the limbs 

  • Feelings of heaviness or tightness

  • Restricted range of motion

  • Aching or discomfort

  • Recurring infections

  • Hardening and thickening of the skin (fibrosis)

How Can Lymphedema Treatment Help You?

Complete Decongestive Therapy

  • Lymphatic drainage massage: increases lymphatic activity, absorption and decreases pain

  • Short stretch compression bandaging: wrapping to increase venous and lymphatic drainage and pump functions, softens fibrotic tissue, etc.

  • Exercise: according to the individual case, may be performed with wraps or compression garments, to increase range of motion, strengthening, stretching, and decrease swelling

  • Hands on manual therapy techniques

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