A condition called Lipoedema may co-exist with lymphoedema. This mainly affects the lower limbs but not including the ankles and/or feet. It can be inherited and is often triggered by hormonal effects (puberty, pregnancy etc).
Your first appointment includes an initial consultation, examination and discussion about treatment protocols, and how frequent your appointments should be.
The treatment typically includes manual lymphatic drainage therapy (massage), measuring to track volume maintenance, compression options, exercise and therapeutic skin care advice. We also offer lymph taping and self-care management education.
Daniela will work with you to find an individualized management plan for your lymphoedema or lipoedema. This may include bandaging in first instance to reduce significant swelling and prescription of compression garment to maintain the swelling in minimal size.
This is the application of an elastic cotton non-allergenic adhesive tape also known as Kinesio-tape. It is used as an adjunct to Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Combined Decompression Therapy and is also very useful in areas of the body that are difficult to apply other forms of compression to. Lymph taping may also be recommended as an alternative to compression garment in hot weather or if it is thought to be the best option due to other determining factors.
With correct application of the tape, the skin is slightly lifted creating some space in the dermis below and allowing the lymph fluid to move more freely to functioning lymph vessels where the fluid can be drained into. Lymph taping greatly assists the fascia with movement and stretching, it is also very beneficial for the treatment of fibrotic scar tissue. The tape is water-proof and can be worn for about 5-7 days.
Conditions Manual Lymphatic Drainage may also be suitable for:
- Venous oedema
- Oedemas or soft tissue swelling post-trauma, sports injuries, sprains and strains etc.
- Chronic sinusitis
- Post cosmetic and plastic surgery incl. tummy tuck, liposuction, breast augmentation
- Oedema during pregnancy
- Arthritic conditions
If you are unsure whether MLD can help you or you have got any questions about MLD, please don’t hesitate to contact us.