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The Lymphatic System and Lymphedema
Leah is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She received training, certification, license and Vodder continued education from The Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy and The Southwest Institute for Healing Arts, with Minnesota University for Integrative Nursing and Stanford University for Medical Statistics. Her approach to treating those who are diagnosed with Lymphedema using MLD Manual Lymphatic Drainage, CDT Complete Decongestive Therapy and Compression Bandaging is the same approach as many hospitals around the world provide, except you are in a relaxing environment.
If you have Lymphedema, allow Leah and her extensive experience to assist you on your journey.
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What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a swelling of a body part usually occurring in the extremities. It can also occur in the face, neck, abdomen, or genitals. Lymphedema is the result of the abnormal accumulation of protein-rich edema fluid in the affected area. Remarkably, even though it afflicts approximately 1% of the U.S. population (nearly 3 million Americans), there is a shortage of lymphedema information, and the problems it creates are poorly understood in the medical community. Lymphedema is classified as either primary or secondary. Primary lymphedema is the result of lymphatic dysplasia. It may be present at birth but more often develops later in life without obvious cause. Secondary lymphedema is much more common and is the result of surgery or is a side effect of radiation therapy for cancer. Secondary forms may also occur after injury, scarring, trauma, or infection of the lymphatic system. Lymphedema has important pathological and clinical consequences. In stage I lymphedema, the swelling consists of protein-rich fluid and may be temporarily reduced by simple elevation of the limb. If it remains untreated, however, the lymphedema causes a progressive hardening of the affected tissues which is the result of a proliferation of connective tissue, adipose tissue, and scarring (stage II lymphedema). Stage III lymphedema is characterized by a tremendous increase in volume, hardening of the dermal tissues, hyperkeratosis, and papillomas of the skin. Infections such a cellulitis, erysipelas, and lymphangitis frequently develop in individuals suffering from lymphedema. Infections are most common in stage II and III lymphedema with each infection contributing to a worsening of the condition making frequent hospitalizations necessary. Lymphedema treatment options offered in the United States include surgery, medication, pneumatic compression pump therapy, Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)
It is imperative to your health that you find a
Certified Lymphedema Therapist.
A CLT has received, in addition to basic training, and has also received specialized post op training, and will provide qualified lymphatic treatments and lymphatic massage. You should not go to a massage therapist that provides lymphatic massage, those are for people that have not had surgery or liposuction.
Simply ask, "Where did you receive your lymphatic training?" If they say they have a physical therapy or massage therapy certification, that is not enough. If they say they took a lymphatic class, ask "How may hours was that class and what was the name of the school?" Please do due diligence, look up the school to confirm it is a qualified school.
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