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Continuing Education For Massage Therapists

Written by Amy Hall
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Lymphedema Patients Benefit from the Continuing Education of Massage Therapists

Continuing education for massage therapists is of the utmost importance when it comes to the treatment of lymphedema. As with any disease, there is a strong need for continued medical research that can bring about advancements in available treatments that will either cure or better manage painful conditions. Lymphedema is a chronic condition that can not only affect a patient physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

The deformities that lymphedema causes poses a great threat to a patient's self-esteem and self-image. Sometimes this is a greater challenge for patients to overcome, as they are constantly reminded every time they look in the mirror that they are different and abnormal. This emotional pain can sometimes make the physical pain seem small in comparison.

This is why the continuing education of massage therapists is so very important. When a massage therapist can better perform Manual Lymph Drainage and other techniques on a patient that helps to bring pain relief and decrease swelling, they are bringing hope to that patient as well. Not only are they managing the physical condition, but they are lessening the emotional trauma that is so common with diseases like lymphedema.

Maximizing the Benefits of Massage

If you suffer from lymphedema, there are many ways you can get relief from this painful condition. Getting regular massages can help tremendously, as they help stimulate the flow of lymph through your system, which prevents lymph build-up in affected areas. As a result of regular massage, your swelling will go down, as will your discomfort. Additionally, you'll feel much better about yourself because you will regain mobility in the affected area as the swelling subsides, and your self-esteem will begin to climb back up again.

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