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Bliss & Soul Wellness

Specialists in Women's Health

Appointments Available

Ph: 0404 280 649

Contact:
Kristina Chase
0404 280 649

Brisbane:
37 Moolabar St,
Morningside
(Appt only)

Gold Coast:
Lee Rd,
Runaway Bay

Mobile Service North GC
(Ladies only)

What is Lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is the accumulation of excessive amounts of protein-rich fluid resulting in swelling in one or more regions in the body.

 

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and nodes throughout the body that transports fluid from the tissues back to the bloodstream.  The functions of the lymphatic system are to maintain the volume and protein concentration of the extracellular fluid in the body; to assist the immune system in destroying pathogens and to help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials.

If a lymph channel becomes damaged or blocked, e.g. by surgery or radiotherapy, lymph fluid is unable to pass from peripheral body parts back to the blood stream via the lymph vessel.  Extra fluid builds up in the tissue and gives rise to the condition known as lymphoedema.  Lymphoedema can sometimes develop in the arm due to node removal or radiotherapy following the treatment of breast cancer and may occur within months of the damage or years later.

Lymphoedema Management

Lymphoedema can be improved and managed with appropriate intervention.  The aims of treatment are to prevent the condition progressing, to reduce oedema and then maintain the improvement.  This will help in alleviating associated symptoms such as; feelings of heaviness and tightness and fibrosis.  It can also decrease the chance of infection, and improve function and quality of life.

The standard of care in the treatment of lymphedema is Combined Decongestive Therapy, is the 'gold standard' for Lymphoedema management.  This performed by our certified lymphoedema therapist trained by the Lymphoedema Academy of Australia.

Combined Decongestive Therapy

The four main components of Combined Decongestive Therapy treatment are:

1.     Skin care (to improve condition of the skin and to prevent infection).

2.     Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) (encourages removal of excess fluid and reduce swelling).

3.     Compression bandage (minimizes the re-accumulation of fluid).

4.     Exercise and diet (to help stimulate the lymphatic system and maintain a well-balanced nutritious diet).

Additionally, home care advice is provided to help with the maintenance of lymphoedema.​

Early Intervention
 

Early intervention is crucial when it comes to managing Lymphoedema.  It can help prevent the condition from worsening and reduce its impact on your daily life. Recognising the early signs of lymphoedema is extremely important.  If you experience heaviness, tingling sensation or pins and needles in your affected limb, it is important to seek professional help with a qualified Lymphoedema Therapist, to discuss the best way to manage it.

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