Why choose us for your Lymphedema Massage?
Lymphedema is a condition that affects thousands of people and has multiple causes of origin. At the Post-Surgery Center, we have certified personnel in treating lymphedema of different etiologies and the injuries that derive from this condition. Our therapists have an extensive health background and several years of experience in this field. We count on our staff with CERTIFIED LYMPHEDEMA & WOUND THERAPIST (CLWT®) for the excellent service of our distinguished clientele.
What Is Lymphedema?
All edemas are lymphedemas. Lymphedema is swelling caused by a buildup of lymph fluid, usually in the arms or legs, but it also can affect the face, neck, trunk, abdomen, or genitals. It occurs when the body’s lymph nodes can no longer drain fluid from those body parts. As a result, the fluids accumulate, causing swelling and pain. In severe cases, it can lead to infections and wounds. Often, the trouble is linked to some form of damage to the lymph nodes or vessels. Primary lymphedema is typically inherited or genetic. Far more common is secondary lymphedema, caused by other diseases, procedures, or treatments. Specific causes include:
- Cancer: Cancerous cells and tumors can block the body’s lymphatic vessels.
- Infection: Infections affecting the lymph system can lead to lymphedema or worsen an existing condition.
- Radiation treatment: Cancer treatments can cause scarring and inflammation of the lymph nodes and vessels. Over time, this may restrict the flow of fluids.
- Surgery: Removing or cutting lymph nodes and vessels can cause the condition.
Symptoms can have a debilitating effect on the quality of life. If left untreated, they can worsen over time. Common symptoms include:
- A feeling of heaviness or tightness in the affected area
- Leg or arm swelling
- Pain or discomfort
- Limb fatigue
- Hardening, thickening, or discoloration of the skin overlying the lymphedema
- Restricted range of motion
- Recurring infections
If you are at risk for the condition, there are things you can do to reduce or manage the onset or worsening of symptoms:
- Avoid sunburns.
- If you’ve had lymph nodes removed from your arm, avoid taking blood pressure from that arm.
- Use insect repellent to prevent bites that could lead to infection.
- Do not get tattoos on the affected arm or leg.
- Avoid tight clothing, bands, or jewelry in the affected area.
- Make sure compression sleeves fit correctly.
- Get your doctor’s approval for any exercise.
Decongestive Therapy for Lymphedema
Treatment for lymphedema depends on the severity and extent of the condition. Prevention and controlling lymphedema play an essential role in this condition since there is no cure.
Decongestive treatment is commonly recommended for the first two stages of lymphedema. Treatment options may include:
- Exercise. Exercise helps to restore flexibility and strength, and it improves drainage. Specific exercises will be recommended by your doctor and/or physical therapist.
- Bandage. Wearing a customized compression sleeve or elastic bandage may help prevent fluid accumulation.
- Arm pump. Applying an arm pump often helps to increase the fluid flow in the lymphatic vessels and keeps fluid from collecting in the arm.
- Diet. Eating a well-balanced diet and controlling body weight is vital for treatment.
- Keep the arm raised. Keeping the arm raised above the heart level, whenever possible, allows gravity to help drain the accumulated fluid.
- Infection Prevention. It is important to follow preventive measures, such as good skincare, to protect the affected arm from infection and skin breakdown.
Prices and Packages
In our Center, you will find discounted packages for those people who need more than one lymphatic drainage or decongestant therapy. We have several forms of payment, and we can also provide proof of treatment to request reimbursement from health insurance. Request more information about our lymphedema massage by text message to (786) 488-8805.
In conclusion, our specialized lymphedema massage, offered by our ILWTI (International Lymphedema & Wound Training Institute) certified therapist, covers all the needs that a patient may have when facing a condition of this nature. Without forgetting that our lymphedema massage, in its protocol, has other modalities such as skincare, compression bandages, and exercises, which are essential in patients with this condition and willing to obtain the best recovery.