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Lymphedema Treatment

Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment or other diseases. It results from a blockage in your lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid build-up leads to swelling.

Some causes may include breast cancer surgery, trauma, infection, and cardiac & vascular impairments. Signs may include Swelling in arms or legs, uncomfortable heaviness or fullness, tightness of skin when wearing clothes and jewelry, burning or itching sensation and noticeable thickening of the skin.

Your lymphedema care team will help devise an exercise and movement plan designed to strengthen and stimulate the muscles involved in lymph drainage.

Exercises including flexibility and stretching exercises, strength training and aerobic exercise that uses the upper body, helping with weight loss and encouraging deep breathing, which in turn helps lymph move along. We also use bandaging according to the recent evidence guidelines as well as massage specific for lymphedema.

Our clinic also provides compression therapy using the most advanced machines.  If  you need immediate diagnosis and help for your condition.


Specialized lymphedema therapists can teach you about techniques and equipment that can help reduce lymphedema swelling, also individualized treatment program by lymphedema therapist will help improve swelling, endurance, exercises tolerance.

Examples include:

  • Gentle contraction of the muscles in the arm or leg can help move the excess fluid out of the swollen limb.
  • Manual lymph drainage. Therapists trained in this massage-like technique use very light pressure to move the trapped fluid in the swollen limb toward an area with working lymph vessels. People should avoid manual lymph drainage if they have a skin infection, blood clots.
  • Compression bandages. Using low-stretch bandages to wrap the entire limb encourages lymph fluid to flow back toward the trunk of the body.
  • Compression garments. Close-fitting elastic sleeves or stockings can compress the arm or leg to encourage lymph fluid drainage. These garments often require a prescription to ensure that the proper amount of compression is used. You may need to be measured by a professional to ensure proper fit.
  • Sequential pneumatic compression. A sleeve worn over the affected arm or leg connects to a pump that intermittently inflates the sleeve, putting pressure on the limb and moving lymph fluid away from the fingers or toes, Contact Us Now.