Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a specific form of massage that helps to drain accumulated lymphatic fluid from swollen areas of the body
Lympha Touch
LymphaTouch is a negative pressure device that helps to lift tissues and encourage fluid drainage in the treatment of lymphoedema
Lymphoedema Education
Long term management of lymphoedema including advice on skin care, travel precautions, diet, compression and night time garments

Lymphoedema

Conservative estimates suggest that approximately 20% of patients treated for melanoma, breast, gynecological or prostate cancer will experience secondary lymphoedema.

When the lymphatic system is damaged, the fluid builds up and causes swelling. In cases where the lymphatic system is not formed properly, this is known as primary lymphoedema. When the damage is caused by trauma, or surgery or radiotherapy associated with cancer treatment, or some other structural or functional impairment, this is known as secondary lymphoedema.

Secondary lymphoedema occurs following damage to the lymphatic system, which can result from cancer treatment including the removal of lymph nodes or radiotherapy. It can also develop with the progression of malignant disease. The onset of swelling from lymphoedema may occur within months of the damage, or the may be several years after cancer therapy.

Many cancer services now offer pre-treatment assessments and monitoring for early detection of lymphoedema, but self-awareness is an important part of early detection.

Early signs and symptoms of lymphoedema include:

  • A feeling of heaviness, tightness or fullness in the affected limb or body part.
  • Swelling – you may notice indentations in the skin from tight clothing, shoes or jewellery.
  • Ache, pain or tension in the limb or body part.
  • Clothing may feel tight and restrictive around the affected limb or body part.
  • Some of these early warning signs may come and go. If you notice any of the above changes you should discuss these with your Lymphoedema Physiotherapist, as well as your GP.

 

Lymphoedema cannot be cured, but it can be managed with appropriate diagnosis and intervention from an accredited lymphoedema practitioner. Early identification and intervention are important to minimise the risk of disease progression. With time, the volume of lymphoedema can increase and progress from a milder presentation to a more advanced presentation which places individuals at an increased risk of complications. 

Lymphoedema

The aims of lymphoedema treatment are to prevent the progression of the condition, to reduce the oedema, to alleviate associated symptoms, to prevent infection and improve quality of life.

Lymphoedema Assessment

A Lymph Scanner is a non-invasive hand-held device that measures the percentage water content just below the skin in any body part that can be impacted by lymphoedema.

Lymph Scanner readings can be used as a guide to identify appropriate drainage pathways for massage and help guide my treatment.

LymphaTouch is a hand held device which is run over the area affected by lymphoedema. It uses negative pressure to stretch the skin and tissue underneath and pulls on anchor fibres, stretching the connective tissue (fascia) which dilates the endothelial openings of lymph vessels. Lymph fluid can then flow more easily from the interstitial spaces in the tissue to the lymph vessels, and be carried away through the larger collecting ducts.

LymphaTouch along with lymphatic massage are immediately felt as reduced swelling and pain, as well as improved range of motion. 

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