The lymphatic system works with the circulatory system and is a network of vessels that carry lymph fluid towards the heart. It’s an essential part of your immune and circulatory systems. Lymphedema occurs when the lymphatic system becomes blocked and creates a build up of the lymph fluid. Depending on the area blocked, you may experience swelling in one or both of your arms or legs.
Lymphedema often occurs after surgeries that remove or damage lymph nodes, such as cancer treatments or due to infected tissues. Chronic swelling poses many health risks, including circulation issues, risk of infection and potential for future injury. It is very important to receive treatment for Lymphedema and to follow up with your doctor on a routine basis.
Our comprehensive Lymphedema treatments include:
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) – a gentle, hands-on massage of both the affected body part and adjacent selected areas. MLD improves fluid circulation and helps to move lymph fluid from the swollen region into parts of the lymphatic system that are still functioning. From there, the fluid is transported throughout the circulatory system.
- Compression Bandaging —After MLD, the treated area is wrapped with layers of short stretch compression bandages. Bandages help prevent the re-accumulation of lymphatic fluid.
- Therapeutic Exercise — Medically supervised exercise programs are designed to strengthen muscles and improve circulation and function of the lymph system.
- Personalized Education in Self-Care — Our Lymphedema therapy specialists will teach you how to maintain your treatment progress through at-home techniques, including self-bandaging, self-massage, exercise, skin and nail care.
Call us today to find out how our specialized Lymphedema therapy program will help reduce your swelling and improve your daily life. Pain-free movement starts here!