Massage is often seen as a way to relax and de-stress the body, but it can also be used as a method of therapy for people with lymphedema. Massage helps improve lymphatic drainage, which is essential for those with lymphedema.
Lymphedema is a condition that can cause swelling in the arms or legs.
Other symptoms of lymphedema include:
- a feeling of heaviness in the limbs
- skin discoloration
Massage can help to reduce this swelling by:
- stimulating the lymphatic system
- improving drainage
- improves circulation, which can help to reduce the risk of infection
- can reduce pain
The services we use to address lymphedema are lymphatic drainage and compression, and perhaps a combination of the two.
What is lymphatic drainage?
The lymphatic system is a network of nodes and vessels that helps to rid the body of waste, and other unwanted materials. Lymphatic drainage is a type of massage that helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, which can help to reduce swelling and improve the overall function of the system.
What is Compression Therapy?
Compression therapy is a type of treatment that uses compression garments or bandages to help reduce swelling.