The lymphatic system is an important part of our immune and circulatory systems. Their networks of vessels weave between all the tissues in the body to drain away excess proteins, water, and waste material to keep the area in optimum health.
Lymphoedema is a condition in which excess fluid (lymph) collects in tissues causing localised swelling. This swelling, or edema, can affect a single body part or whole limbs and often restricts the use of that area. This type of Lymphedema is most commonly seen following trauma to the tissues, such as injuries, surgeries (general or cancer) or radiotherapy to the lymph nodes.
Lymphoedema is best managed using a combined decongestive approach. Our specially trained therapists at LymphWell can offer you the following:
- Individual management plan
- Lymphatic drainage tissue techniques Custom compression garment measurement and fitting
- Bandaging (when required)
- Skin care Exercises
- Education for self home care and management
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
The normal draining qualities of the lymphatic system can be disrupted by injury, trauma, digestive upsets, fatigue, stress, and low immunity. When the lymphatic system is not flowing sufficiently, stagnation of fluid and poor health is created causing swelling, pain, and impairment to the tissueís correct function.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is an advanced therapy in which the practitioner uses a range of specialized and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to accelerate the movement of lymphatic fluids in the body.
Whether you lead an active or a sedate life style, there will be accumulations of waste material in the tissues that Lymphatic Drainage Massage can help relieve and is indicated for:
- Healing of wounds, burns, sprains, bruising and reduce pain
- Pre and post surgical swelling management (including plastic surgery) Fluid congestion: swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs.
- Abdominal cramping and symptoms associated with IBS, candida, Crohn's Disease and colitis, constipation,
- pre-menstrual bloating and fluid retension
- Acne, eczema and skin conditions
- Strengthening the immune system Used in conjunction with a detoxification or
- body cleanse and stress management
LymphWell offers many forms of soft tissue therapy including myofascial release, remedial and sports massage, and trigger point therapy.
These restorative massage styles are directed towards the deeper structures of the muscles and other soft tissues. With a solid anatomical and physiological knowledge the practitioner works with the tissues to apply a firm pressure carefully to the clientís body with the fingers, palms, knuckles, or sometimes an elbow to help relieve physical, physiological and psychological stress or dysfunctions.
After a period of hard training or physical activity there will be an accumulation of waste material and possible damage. Myofascial techniques and massage stimulate the circulation, removing waste and repairing damage more quickly, which can lead to faster recovery and increased performance.
LymphWell is experienced in working with triathletes, ironmen and a number of athletes to optimise their performance. As soft tissue specialists we also work with your physiotherapist, chiropractic, podiatrist, or personal training program to enhance results and speedup recovery times.
During childhood and through day-to-day activities such as using a PC, poor posture habits are often formed which throw the body out of its normal, healthy alignment. This leads to structural problems, muscle tension, and may interfere with the normal functioning of the internal organs. Myofascial techniques and massage stimulate the nervous system to help realign muscle tissue, release tension, and stimulate internal organs.
Myofascial and Remedial Therapies can relieve:
- Tight and fatigued muscle As part of an injury prevention or rehabilitation program
- Backache and postural problems
- Pre and post event massage
- Tension headaches
- shoulder pain
- Sluggish digestion Sports injuries, muscular strains and sprains Loosening of adhesions and scar tissue
Note: these therapies are perfectly safe throughout pregnancy and for the elderly.
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