MAR, MLDUK, BFRP
Lymph Drainage (MLD)
Natural & Complementary Therapies, Cyprus
Lymphoedema is an accumulation
of fluid and waste products that causes swelling to a limb(s) or any
body part. It can be due to a genetically compromised lymph system
(primary lymphoedema) or damage to the lymph system following accidents,
burns or surgery, particularly cancer treatment (secondary lymphoedema).
The swelling can cause restricted
mobility, lead to severe infection and cause other related issues such
as muscular skeletal pain, body image and depression. Exercise can be
difficult for some. If treated early and thoroughly the condition is
less likely to develop severe (and sometimes irreversible) complications.
Lymphoedema usually affects
the limbs, but the head, face, trunk and genitals can also be involved.
Lymphoedema cannot be cured,
but with a meticulous regime the swelling can be vastly reduced, the
skin tightness lessened, the tissue softened, the limb(s)/area feels
lighter, increased mobility and, psychologically, a happier body image
can be achieved. The treatment requires an on going commitment from
the patient, even when at home, so it is important that family members
support the process.
The most effective way to
reduce the size of the limb(s) or body part is to have intensive Combined
Decongestive Therapy (CDT) comprising of 2-3 weeks of daily sessions
At home the client must continue
with skin care, wear compression garments (measured specifically for
them), incorporate a tailored exercise regime depending on the limb,
and keep up regular manual lymphatic drainage sessions interspersed
with a few weeks of CDT.
photos of multi-layered compression bandaging of an arm
Photos of Clients attending An Arm & A Leg Clinics, UK http://www.anarmandaleg.co.uk/case_history_1.php