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Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
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Yoga for Lymphedema

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The newly released 2016 Yoga in America Study conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance shows that the number of yoga practitioners in the United States has increased to more than 36 million, up from 20.4 million in 2012. Yoga, a practice rooted in over 5000 years of ancient Indian texts and traditions, . . . → Read More: Yoga for Lymphedema

The Role of Various Exercise Modalities in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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When a portion of the lymphatic system is injured by trauma, surgery or radiation, or develops abnormally, the functionality of the lymphatic system is impaired. In many cases this can cause swelling, which most often affects the upper or lower extremities.

A well-balanced exercise program in combination with other treatment options used in . . . → Read More: The Role of Various Exercise Modalities in the Treatment of Lymphedema

The Benefits of Abdominal Breathing Exercises in the Management of Lymphedema

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Unlike the heart in the blood circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have an active pump to propel lymphatic fluid back to the bloodstream. Effective lymph flow depends on sufficient muscle and joint activity, especially if the functionality of the lymphatic system is compromised.

The Deep Lymphatic System

Abdominal . . . → Read More: The Benefits of Abdominal Breathing Exercises in the Management of Lymphedema

Why Exercises should be Part of Your Lymphedema Treatment Regimen

TweetThe positive impact a well-tailored regular exercise program can have on a healthy lifestyle, improvement of general well being, increased energy level, and stress and weight management is well known. Additional benefits of exercises for those individuals at risk of, or have lymphedema include improved limb flexibility, range of movement, and most importantly increased . . . → Read More: Why Exercises should be Part of Your Lymphedema Treatment Regimen

The Effect of Post-Surgical Exercise and Therapy on Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Risk

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I am very grateful to Carol Doeringer, lymphedema patient and advocate, who submitted this interesting and very insightful contribution on the risk factors contributing to breast cancer related lymphedema. The material is excerpted from a self-study course Carol has developed with the support of friends and experts in the lymphedema and nursing communities. . . . → Read More: The Effect of Post-Surgical Exercise and Therapy on Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Risk

New Publication on Lymphedema

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It is with great pleasure to announce that the third edition of the textbook “Lymphedema Management” is now published and available.

 

 

The first two editions authored by Joachim Zuther have enjoyed wide distribution, aiding thousands of practitioners and patients worldwide, and this new edition represents an exciting step forward for . . . → Read More: New Publication on Lymphedema

When is it Lymphedema?

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“After a day of sitting in the office my ankles are swollen.”

“During the last several months of my pregnancy, my legs practically doubled in size”

“My fingers and hand frequently get puffy following a long hike”

“My arm started swelling after I had surgery for my breast cancer”

“Following the removal of . . . → Read More: When is it Lymphedema?

Treatment of RIBP in the Presence of Lymphedema

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This is the second part of  Radiation-Induced Brachial Plexopathy (RIBP) and Lymphedema. The last blog entry covered the causes and symptoms. This entry covers the treatment and how it relates to the presence of lymphedema.

How is RIBP treated?

Although surgical procedures to decompress the brachial plexus and re-vascularize the nerves and surrounding tissues . . . → Read More: Treatment of RIBP in the Presence of Lymphedema

Radiation-Induced Brachial Plexopathy

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Today I would like to address the important and often neglected issue of radiation induced brachial plexopathy (RIBP), and how it relates to lymphedema. This first part covers the causes and symptoms of this condition, the next blog entry will discuss the treatment of RIBP with special considerations to the presence of lymphedema.

Radiation-Induced . . . → Read More: Radiation-Induced Brachial Plexopathy

The Benefit of Aquatic Exercise for Lymphedema

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Today I would like to share with you an article on aquatic exercises written by Mary Essert, B.A., ATRIC for this blog. Mary specializes in creation and delivery of water fitness and post rehab aquatic programs for individuals with disabilities and conditions such as Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Breast Cancer, lymphedema, post Polio Syndrome and . . . → Read More: The Benefit of Aquatic Exercise for Lymphedema