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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

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?

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

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

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

Do’s and Don’ts for Lymphedema of the Leg

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Certain activities may trigger the onset of lymphedema, or may exacerbate the symptoms of existing lymphedema. Individuals affected by lymphedema and those at risk for developing it (everyone who has undergone lymph node excision and/or radiation treatments) should observe the following precautions. The “Do’s” and “Don’ts” below are based on decades of experience . . . → Read More: Do’s and Don’ts for Lymphedema of the Leg

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

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