Oedema Management

Who would benefit:

●       Anyone with a swelling lasting six weeks or over

●       Anyone who has been told they are at risk of developing lymphoedema

●       Anyone suffering from lymphoedema or lipoedema

●       Suitable for any age

●       Can improve many chronic conditions: sinusitus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, acne and other skin conditions

●       May strengthen the immune system as part of “detox” treatment

●       Relieves fluid congestion: swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs due to pregnancy

●       Promotes healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars

●       Can be used to speed healing after cosmetic surgery

 

Lymphoedema:

Lymphoedema is the term given to any swelling that does not resolve after six weeks. The swelling can affect any part of the body and can affect both young and old alike. Lymphoedema is split into primary (no external cause) and secondary (with an external cause). Secondary lymphoedema is often linked to cancer treatment. There is also a third category referred to as lipoedema, this is more common in the legs.

 

Treatment of lymphoedema:

The treatment of all forms of oedema follows four main cornerstones of care:

  1. Skin care – good skin hygiene is vital to minimise the risk of infection
  2. Manual Lymphatic Drainage – a gentle form of massage to encourage the movement of lymph from the tissue spaces into the lymphatics
  3. Compression – medical graduated compression to enhance the muscle pump action and contain the oedema, this can be bandages, adjustable compression systems or compression garments
  4. Exercise – gentle movement to prevent loss of mobility

 

What to expect:

During the initial appointment a full consultation will take place, which will enable Gail to highlight any underlying medical issues and plan the treatment accordingly. The sessions will then be tailored to your individual needs. All information is treated in the strictest confidence.

Manual lymphatic drainage requires skin contact so you will be asked to undress to your underwear and covered with towels to maintain comfort, dignity and modesty at all times. No oils or creams are used during the massage and your skin should not redden from the pressure.