Lymphoedema is a condition caused by an insufficient lymphatic system.
This system is the body’s garbage disposal, fluid moves around the body and picks up ‘out of place’ cells and either processes them for disposal or returns them to the right location. The lymphatic system can be compromised temporarily, such as swelling with an ankle sprain, and then recover or permanently, either not developing correctly or being altered, such as with cancer surgery.
When this occurs, the lymphatic system cannot process ‘the garbage’ fast enough, causing tissue changes which lead to permanent changes. Unfortunately, there is not yet a cure for Lymphoedema but there are continually developing management strategies including compression wear and lymph drainage treatment, which Pia is trained and experienced in helping with.
Compression garments for lymphoedema are the most important component of management. These garments must be individually fitted to give you the best possible graded compression to control your symptoms. Garment fitting is a little more of an art than a science and Pia is committed to trying to get every patient the best possible fit.
Manual Lymph Drainage
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a specialised form of massage used to help stimulate your lymphatic system when it is compromised. Pia is trained in the Dr Vodder method, which aims at stimulating your working lymphatic system, and bypassing compromised sections of the lymph system. These techniques work only temporary. They help you feel better and reduce the swelling in a limb to fit comfortably into a garment. MLD can also be used for Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, Autoimmune diseases and may other conditions. Please contact Pia if you would like more information, or to make an appointment.