Lymphedema & Edema
Lymphedema is the build-up of lymph fluid in soft body tissues when the lymphatic system is damaged or blocked causing swelling that affects 3-5 million Americans. Lymphedema is a common side effect of some cancer treatments such as surgery or radiation, but can also be caused by infection, removal of lymph nodes, inflammation, trauma, surgery, and vensous diseases. The lymph fluid is not able to flow through the body the way that it should. Lymphedema usually affects the arms or legs, but it can also affect other parts of the body. Lymphedema can cause long-term physical, psychological, and social problems for people. Lymphedema can be accompanied by pain, limited motion, tightness, numbness, and sometimes infection. Our Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) can offer a specialized treatment program called Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) including:
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
- Compression Bandaging
- Good Skin and Nail Care
- Wound Management
- Garment Recommendations and Fittings
- Pump Recommendations
Lipedema is a chronic condition that causes excess adipose tissue to accumulate and build up, typically in the lower part of the body. While there is no cure for lipedema, it is possible to effectively manage lipedema for optimal outcomes. Therapy for lipedema can include managing co-exisitng conditions such as lymphedema, vascular or cardiac issues, improving lymphatic flow with use of CDT, light to moderate exercise, pain management, and compression wear. Your certified lymphedema therapist can help initiate a program for management.
Post Cosmetic Surgery
More and more individuals are undergoing elective cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, tummy tuck, and Brazilian butt lifts. Following surgery, many things happen on and around the surgery site including increased blood flow to the area, blood and lymphatic vessels becoming “leaky”, and lymph accumulating around and in the cells that can cause swelling. Following cosmetic surgery, MLD helps to drain accumulated fluid toward lymph nodes and helps to decrease bruising, swelling, and pain. It also speeds up the healing process, softens and decreases the visibility of scars, and reduces hard lumps, rippling, and indentations.
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