Decongestive therapy enables patients with lymphoedema to become EMPOWERED, INDEPENDENT and to have an IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE

 
 
 
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lymphoedema

Anyone suffering with lymphoedema is well aware of the difficulties that this condition presents them in daily life. Lymphoedema affects more often the limbs, but also the torso, pelvic area, armpits, neck and face.

Signs and Symptoms;

  • Heaviness- limiting the ability to do daily activities

  • Mishapened limb - making it difficult to wear clothes, footwear or jewellry

  • Pain - this can be in the affected area itself or in a joint or muscle compensating for the increased weight

  • Numbness/Pins and Needles - this can be experienced in the affected area

  • Loss of Self Confidence

  • Body Image Anxiety


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Skin Care…

Education about skin care is very important and in includes keeping the skin moisturised daily to avoid any potential infection via dry, cracked skin.

Avoid any direct harm to the affected area ie insect bite, sunburn, injections, or blood pressure cuff.


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MLD…

Manual Lymphatic drainage followed by compression bandaging in each session, each day for 21 days if bandaging is necessary.

MLD can be used alone if sufficient to control the symptoms


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Bandaging…

Compression Bandaging follows MLD in the same session, the patient goes home bandaged and returns the next day to repeat the process.

Limb volume is measured at several intervals to determine the change.


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Part B- skin care

Education about skin care is very important and in includes keeping the skin moisturised daily to avoid any potential infection via dry, cracked skin.

Avoid any direct harm to the affected area ie insect bite, sunburn, injections, or blood pressure cuff.