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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

Manual Lymph Drainage and its Role in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is one of the main components of complete decongestive therapy (CDT).  In combination with compression therapy, skin and nail care and decongestive exercises, MLD performs the crucial role of re-routing stagnated lymphatic fluid, which is essential in the treatment and management of primary and secondary lymphedema. This gentle manual . . . → Read More: Manual Lymph Drainage and its Role in the Treatment of Lymphedema

Lymphedema Affecting the Breast and Trunk

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Lymphedema affecting the chest, breast and posterior thorax, also known as trunkal lymphedema, is a common problem following breast cancer surgery, but is often difficult to diagnose, especially if the patient does not also present with lymphedema of the arm, or it may be dismissed as a side-effect of  breast cancer surgery, which . . . → Read More: Lymphedema Affecting the Breast and Trunk

Measuring for Compression Arm Sleeves

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Compression sleeves are the most important tool to ensure preservation and improvement of the therapeutic success achieved during treatment with Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). To select the correct garment (ready-made or custom made), compression level, and, if necessary, fastening systems, the patients age, physical abilities (and limitations), lifestyle, type of lymphedema and any . . . → Read More: Measuring for Compression Arm Sleeves

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?

NALEA – A New Organization Concerned With Training Standards For Lymphedema Therapists

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I would like to announce the formation of a new organization concerned with the training standards for lymphedema therapists in North America, the North American Lymphedema Education Association (NALEA).

NALEA is currently an alliance of the four lymphedema therapy certification schools responsible for training the majority of Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLT) in North America . . . → Read More: NALEA – A New Organization Concerned With Training Standards For Lymphedema Therapists

Updated NLN Position Paper on Diagnosis and Treatment of Lymphedema

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The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) published the updated Position Paper on the “Diagnosis and Treatment of Lymphedema”.

This extensive re-written document covers all areas relevant in lymphedema management, to include diagnostic procedures.

Here is a summary:

Summary on Treatment and Diagnosis of Lymphedema

Treatment of lymphedema should be undertaken only after a . . . → Read More: Updated NLN Position Paper on Diagnosis and Treatment of Lymphedema

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

Decongestive and Breathing Exercises for Lymphedema

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In this last part of the three-part series about exercises, I would like to address decongestive- and breathing exercises, which are an integral part in the treatment and management of lymphedema.

Unlike the heart in the blood circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have an active pump to propel lymphatic fluid back . . . → Read More: Decongestive and Breathing Exercises for Lymphedema