Types of lymphedema:
- PRIMARY - from birth or developed later in life
- SECONDARY - lymph nodes were removed or lymph vessels damaged due to one or more of the following:
- Surgery and/or radiation treatment of breast, gynecological, head, neck, prostate, testicular; bladder, colon cancer or melanomas
- Trauma, injury or accident resulting in blocked/damaged lymph system
- Infections-interrupt normal lymph pathway function
- Radiation Therapy
How do we treat lymphedema?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage(MLD) is administered through a series of strokes applied to the body with intention to stimulate the movement of the lymphatic fluid in order to assist the body in cleansing. It is a very gentle rhythmic technique that cleanses the connective tissue of inflammatory materials and toxins, enhances the activity of the immune system, reduces pain, and lowers the activity of the sympathetic nervous system. Predominantly used as a treatment for lymphedema, MLD offers many health benefits and uses. MLD can also be used as a detoxification treatment, may help decrease the appearance of cellulite, abdominal bloating, and can help reduce post-surgical swelling from orthopedic or cosmetic surgery.
What to expect in your session
- Hands-on, one-on-one in private treatment rooms
- MLD, soft tissue mobilization, scar mobilization
- Compression bandaging and garments
- Modalities, including cold laser, ultrasound, electrical stimulation
- Therapeutic exercises, including range of motion, stretching and strengthening
- Patient education to maintain decreased edema, posture re-education, body mechanics, skin car
Effects of Manual Lymph Drainage include:
- Relaxation, analgesic, diuretic
- Increased performance of lymphatic system
- Increased lymph production
- Re-routes fluid from congested area
- Soften Connective Tissue
Are you suffering from lymphedema?
Call the METRO Physical & Aquatic Therapy center nearest you today to set up an appointment. We welcome and appreciate your referrals.
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