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Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more

Look4LE – A Mobile App to Locate Trained Lymphedema Specialists

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Trying to find a certified lymphedema specialist for yourself or a loved one?

Look4LE is a mobile app, developed by the American Lymphedema Framework Project (ALFP), to help patients and families find therapists in their areas who are trained to treat lymphedema.

The app currently features almost 1,000 LANA-certified therapists, and therapists with . . . → Read More: Look4LE – A Mobile App to Locate Trained Lymphedema Specialists

How do Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices (IPC’s) work and what are the Contraindications?

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An IPC is an intermittent pneumatic compression device that is composed of an inflatable garment consisting of multiple pressure compartments that wraps around the arm or leg, and an electrical pneumatic pump that fills the garment with compressed air. The garment is intermittently inflated and deflated with cycle times and pressures that vary . . . → Read More: How do Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices (IPC’s) work and what are the Contraindications?

New Lipedema Documentary

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I wanted to make you aware of a new documentary on lipedema called “The Disease They call FAT”. This 52 minute documentary was directed and produced by Catherine Seo, PhDc, who is affected by lipedema as well. Click the link below to see a 10 minute preview of the documentary, which premiered on . . . → Read More: New Lipedema Documentary

Lymphedema and Airline Travel

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Commercial airline travel is fast, safe and convenient and in the vast majority of cases without any harmful health effects. However, the aircraft environment and other airline-travel related factors may cause certain stresses on the individual affected by lymphedema or the population at risk to develop lymphedema (latent lymphedema). This article is intended . . . → Read More: Lymphedema and Airline Travel

Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices in the Treatment and Management of Lymphedema

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The use of intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) in the treatment of lymphedema continues to be a topic of discussion and their use is neither accepted as a replacement nor component of complete decongestive therapy (CDT), the accepted gold standard of lymphedema treatment. However, recent studies suggest that there is a potential place for . . . → Read More: Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices in the Treatment and Management of Lymphedema

Recertification for Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLT)

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I would like to share with you the important announcement of two member schools of the North American Lymphedema Education Association (NALEA) to begin offering recertification for the Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) credential.

One of the currently four NALEA member schools, the Dr. Vodder School, already has a well-established recertification program for their . . . → Read More: Recertification for Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLT)

The Science behind Compression Therapy in Lymphedema Management

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It is important to understand that the elastic fibers in the tissues affected by lymphedema are damaged. These fibers lose their elasticity and tend to harden, which is particularly the case in untreated lymphedema present over a long period of time and progressed stages of lymphedema.

Although the swelling in lymphedema may . . . → Read More: The Science behind Compression Therapy in Lymphedema Management

How to Care for Short-Stretch Compression Bandages

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Compression bandages (and compression garments – see below) used in the management of  lymphedema should be properly washed on a regular basis, so  skin cells and oils won’t become trapped in the fibers of the  bandages and damage the integrity of the textile. Compression bandages may be machine or hand washed; machine wash . . . → Read More: How to Care for Short-Stretch Compression Bandages

Living with Lymphedema – live stream recording

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Today I would like to make you aware of an excellent video covering the daily challenges of living with lymphedema.

In this live stream video Sheila H. Ridner, PhD, RN, FAAN, extensively discusses symptoms and issues individuals with various forms of lymphedema experience on a daily basis.

Sheila is the Martha Rivers . . . → Read More: Living with Lymphedema – live stream recording

The Value and Importance of Efficient Treatment and Management of Lymphedema

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The swelling in lymphedema is caused by an abnormal accumulation of protein and water molecules in the tissue and results from the inability of the lymphatic system to perform one of its basic functions, the removal of water and protein from the body tissues. This insufficiency can be caused by developmental . . . → Read More: The Value and Importance of Efficient Treatment and Management of Lymphedema