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Written by Amy Hall
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Massage Therapists Soothe Away Lymphedema Symptoms

Massage therapists can be a great source of comfort and stress relief to lymphedema patients. Lymphedema, is an uncomfortable condition that brings with it the risk of infection, physical deformity, and social stigma. People who suffer from this condition often feel ashamed and embarrassed, in addition to the physical pain that they have to endure on a daily basis.

Massage therapists who treat lymphedema patients are often trained and certified in the Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy techniques that work wonders on swelling and discomfort. MLD involves light, sweeping motions that stimulate the flow of lymph throughout the lymph vessels. When lymph becomes obstructed for one reason or another, it becomes stagnant and it builds up in certain areas of the body, causing swelling, discomfort, and immobility.

Getting Control of Your Lymphedema

Lymphedema can be managed quite well with regular therapy, which includes MLD and CDT, as well as the use of compression garments, a skin care routine, and proper diet and exercise. Patients who follow their therapists guidelines usually are able to resume a pretty normal life. However, it is important to understand that once the lymphedema is brought under control, you need to continue with your therapy, otherwise the swelling and discomfort will return.

Massage has always been a great way to combat stress and fatigue and sore muscles. It has been proven that massage therapy has many health perks, both physical and mental. If you are struggling with lymphedema, why not give massage therapy a chance? We're pretty sure you'll be glad you did.


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