What is Lymphoedema?
Lymphoedema is a condition caused by a build-up of lymph fluid resulting in swelling of one or more regions of the body. It occurs when the lymphatic system is not working properly.
There are two categories of Lymphoedema:
- Primary – occurs when there is a malformation of the lymph vessel
- Secondary – where a normal healthy lymph vessel is damaged
What does treatment involve?
Physiotherapy can assist with the use of massage, lymphatic drainage techniques, exercise and prescription of compression garments.
Massage is a gentle technique used to drain lymph out of a limb into an area of the body that normally drains unassisted.
There are several types of lymphatic drainage techniques that can be used. However this will be determined by your physiotherapist after an initial assessment of your condition has been completed. Testing and re-testing is performed to ensure these techniques are effective for your condition.
The use of prescribed compression garments will be determined by your physiotherapist following lymphatic drainage.
Exercise is also recommended to help improve cardiovascular health, and in some cases assist to decrease swelling in the affected area.
Which physiotherapist should I see?
With over 10 years of experience as a physiotherapist – Ann-Lise has an incredible attention to detail. She has additional training in Lymphatic drainage, prescription of compression garments and exercise prescription. Ann-Lise is patient and caring, taking the time to explain your condition and management options