Lymphoedema is a chronic disease caused when the lymph nodes and vessels in the lymphatic system become blocked, resulting in the increased build-up of lymphatic fluid in the body. This condition causes swelling and can lead to skin and tissue changes, most commonly in the arms and legs. Around 300,000 Australians experience Lymphoedema at any given time, which can be extremely painful and impact an individual’s quality of life. With these statistics in mind, here are 4 ways physiotherapy can help assist those living with Lymphedema.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
This specialised massage is used to help drain the lymphatic fluid built up in the limb or problem area and help assist the flow of the lymph fluid. These massage techniques can help reduce swelling and bring instant relief in pain. These massages help direct the fluid to work lymph nodes, to then process the fluid through the body.
High-quality compression garments that are made from elasticised fabric help put a controlled amount of pressure on different parts of the body, which assists in moving lymph fluid and prevent it from building up. The garments also assist in alleviating pain and swelling in the area.
At home tailored exercises
One of the best ways to get relief from Lymphoedema is through tailored exercises. Here at Progressive Physiotherapy, we use specific exercises to help stimulate the muscles in your body, increasing the flow of lymph fluid away from the swollen areas.
Here at Progressive Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists can provide you with a tailored treatment plan to help manage your Lymphoedema and bring you instant relief from its effects. You don’t have to live with Lymphoedema, book in with our therapists to help manage and maintain your Lymphoedema.