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Lymphedema

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The lymphatic system is a network of vessels that carry lymph fluid towards the heart. The lymphatic system is an essential part of your immune and circulatory systems. When a blockage happens in your lymphatic system, swelling of your arms or legs may occur. Improper drainage results in a buildup of the lymph fluid in your arms or legs, which can generate adverse health risks.

Lymphedema often occurs after a surgery, such as the removal or damage to the lymph nodes as part of cancer treatments, or due to infected tissues. With chronic swelling, there are many risks, including circulation issues, risk of infection and potential for future injury.

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 can 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 compression bandages. Bandages help prevent the reaccumulation 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, and skin and nail care.