MLD for Lymphodoema and Congestive Lymph Therapy
Lymphodoema is a form of swelling occurring commonly in the arms or legs, though it can be found anywhere in the body. It refers specifically to a build-up of fluid, proteins and toxins in an area surrounding a part of the lymphatic system that isn’t functioning, either because it it under-developed or because of damage or blockage. Lymphoedema is characterised by a dryness and discolouration of the skin, and the swollen limb will feel heavy and will be likely to ache. There is a distinction between its two classifications, as either primary or secondary:
Primary lymphoedema is congenital, resulting from an inherited genetic abnormality in the functioning of the lymphatic or venous systems. It may also occur spontaneously, developing typically in young adulthood, with no discernible trauma to the body as its cause.
Secondary lymphoedema occurs commonly after damage to, or removal of, lymph nodes and lymph vessels, for example in radiation therapy, surgery, treatment for cancer, trauma, burns or recurrent infections.
When lymphatic functioning is compromised in this way, fluid in the body stagnates, and this build-up can worsen if left untreated, leading to related complications such as cellulitis (an infection of the deeper layers of the skin) alongside changes in the skin surface.
MLD will encourage the redirection of fluid from the swollen area into an area where the lymphatic system is working normally, i.e. to the nearest healthy lymph node.
An initial MLD consultation for lymphoedema is 90 minutes, and a course of sessions is recommended, depending on initial assessment of your individual needs.
Special Therapy Packages
Special pricing is available for clients or patients with frequent therapy needs, if you are in need of daily therapies please contact me.
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