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Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
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Self Manual Lymph Drainage for Lymphedema Affecting the Arm

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Complete decongestive therapy (CDT) is performed in two phases; in the first phase, also known as the intensive or decongestive phase, treatments are administered by trained lymphedema therapists on a daily basis until the affected body part is decongested.

The duration of the intensive phase varies with the severity of the condition and . . . → Read More: Self Manual Lymph Drainage for Lymphedema Affecting the Arm

A Closer Look at Lipedema and the Effects on the Lymphatic System

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Lipedema is characterized by symmetric enlargement of the limbs, generally affecting the lower extremities extending from the hips to the ankles secondary to the deposition of fat; upper extremities are affected in 30% (1) of the cases.

Lipedema is not rare and not caused by a disorder of the lymphatic system, but is . . . → Read More: A Closer Look at Lipedema and the Effects on the Lymphatic System

The Role of Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia, also known as fibromyalgia syndrome, fibromyositis and fibrositis, is one of the most common chronic pain conditions, affecting millions of individuals in the United States and worldwide. While numbers on the prevalence of fibromyalgia in the literature vary considerably, the American College of Rheumatology (2008) estimates the number of individuals affected in . . . → Read More: The Role of Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Fibromyalgia

The Risk of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Over Time

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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 Risk of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Over Time

The Science behind Manual Lymph Drainage in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a gentle manual treatment technique based on four basic strokes, which were initially developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Emil Vodder, a PhD from Denmark. These basic strokes known as the “stationary circle”, “pump”, rotary” and “scoop” techniques are designed to manipulate lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels with . . . → Read More: The Science behind Manual Lymph Drainage in the Treatment of Lymphedema

The Role of Complete Decongestive Therapy in Breast Cancer Treatment Related Lymphedema

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Lymphedema is considered one of the most distressing and debilitating complications of breast cancer treatment and affects at least three million Americans. The underlying problem of lymphedema is a lymphatic dysfunction, resulting in abnormal accumulation of water and proteins primarily in the subcutaneous tissues, which can cause the onset of visible and palpable . . . → Read More: The Role of Complete Decongestive Therapy in Breast Cancer Treatment Related Lymphedema

Lower Extremity Lymphedema Symptom Online Survey

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Sheila H. Ridner, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing asked me to share with you a call to individuals affected by lower extremity lymphedema to participate in a fully on-line study regarding symptoms experienced by these patients. Anyone with lower limb swelling can participate; names are not . . . → Read More: Lower Extremity Lymphedema Symptom Online Survey

A Message from the Lymphedema Treatment Act

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As of this writing, HR 2499 has 62 cosponsors!  Please help us reach our goal of getting to 100 this year.  At the end of this newsletter you’ll find the cosponsor list as of this publication – if you do not see your Representative’s name please write again at your earliest convenience, using the . . . → Read More: A Message from the Lymphedema Treatment Act

Comparison of Blood and Lymph Vessels

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The heart and blood vessels represent the main components of the circulatory system, which consists of an elaborate network of tubes throughout the body. The circulatory system involves the combined functioning of the heart, blood and blood vessels to deliver oxygen and nutrients to organ systems and tissues, and to remove waste products . . . → Read More: Comparison of Blood and Lymph Vessels

The Importance of Lymphedema Support Groups

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In a support group, members provide each other with various forms of help, usually non-professional and non-material. They can be a crucial tool for individuals who share the common diagnosis of lymphedema to come together and share coping tips, experiences, news, and most importantly emotional support.

The help and information received in lymphedema . . . → Read More: The Importance of Lymphedema Support Groups