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Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
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New Edition of Lymphedema Management Book

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Steve Norton and I are excited to announce our new, 4th edition of the textbook Lymphedema Management; The Comprehensive Guide for Practitioners!

Our publisher’s petition for a 4th edition was a clear indication that awareness and treatment for lymphedema are rapidly expanding in the United States and the English-speaking world. The . . . → Read More: New Edition of Lymphedema Management Book

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

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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

Compression Therapy and its Role in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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Compression therapy applied by padded short-stretch bandages, compression garments, or alternative materials, such as adjustable compression devices, is an integral part of lymphedema management. The goal of compression therapy is to maintain and improve the reduction of the swelling achieved during lymphedema treatments.

It is important to understand that although the swelling in . . . → Read More: Compression Therapy and its Role in the Treatment of Lymphedema

Self Manual Lymph Drainage for Lymphedema Affecting the Leg

TweetComplete 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 averages . . . → Read More: Self Manual Lymph Drainage for Lymphedema Affecting the Leg

Secondary Lymphedema

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Secondary lymphedema results from an identifiable damage leading to disruption or obstruction of normally-functioning lymph vessels and/or lymph nodes and may present in the extremities, trunk, abdomen, head and neck and external genitalia.

Worldwide, the most widespread cause of secondary lymphedema is an infection with a thread-like worm named wucheria bancrofti, which leads . . . → Read More: Secondary Lymphedema

Complete Decongestive Therapy in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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Complete decongestive therapy (CDT), sometimes referred to as complex decongestive therapy, or combined physical therapy is the internationally recognized “gold standard” treatment system for the vast majority of patients affected by lymphedema.

Backed by long standing experience, CDT has shown to be safe and effective as the standard therapy for lymphedema. It is . . . → Read More: Complete Decongestive Therapy in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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