Lymphatic Drainage Therapies

Written by Diane Sievert
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Lymphatic drainage therapies can be used by anyone suffering from lymphedema, no matter what their situation. People with slight cases and people with extreme cases can both benefit from lymphatic drainage therapies. What follows is a thorough guide to the various stages of lymphedema and the ways in which lymphatic drainage therapies can improve the situation.

Lymphatic Drainage Therapies Can Help All Lymphedema Cases

Lymphedema is generally divided into three separate stages: stage one, two and three. Stage one is the least serious stage as the tissue still pits ("pitting" means the tissue will indent and hold the indentation if pressed by fingertips). Since the swelling at this stage isn't terribly severe, remedial exercises and the use of compression garments may be all the treatment that's necessary.

Stage two, on the other hand, is definitely more serious and will require extensive lymphatic drainage therapies. In stage two, the skin no longer pits but has become spongy in nature. As the swelling at this stage is more severe, manual lymph drainage along with remedial exercises and the use of compression garments will be required for treatment.

Stage three is the most serious of the three stages for the swelling is now irreversible. In stage three (also referred to as elephantiasis), the affected area is unusually large and the tissue has become hardened due to the accumulated protein. Though manual lymph drainage, lymphedema pumps and other kinds of lymphatic drainage therapies could provide some relief, reconstructive surgery might be necessary.

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