Lymphedema, characterized by excessive swelling in the upper or lower extremities, occurs due to the accumulation of lymph fluid. The lymphatic system, a vital part of your circulatory and immune systems, consists of vessels that carry lymph fluid towards the heart. When a blockage occurs in the lymphatic system, improper drainage leads to swelling in the arms or legs. This build-up of lymph fluid can pose health risks. If you’re experiencing lymphedema, contact Zenith Physiotherapy and Wellness today for effective relief through massage therapy.

How Do I Know If I Have Lymphedema?

Lymphedema can be classified as primary or secondary. Primary lymphedema occurs independently, while secondary lymphedema arises from an underlying disease or condition. Surgical procedures involving lymph nodes are a common cause of lymphedema, particularly in cancer treatments where nodes are removed or damaged. However, the origins of primary lymphedema can be unclear, prompting physicians to recommend imaging tests such as MRI scans, CT scans, Doppler ultrasounds, or lymphoscintigraphy to assess the lymphatic system.

Secondary lymphedema is often associated with the following causes:

  • Surgery
  • Cancer
  • Radiation therapy for cancer
  • Infection

Recognizing the symptoms accompanying lymphedema is crucial. Keep in mind that lymphedema may take months or even years to develop after cancer treatment. Symptoms typically manifest in the arms and legs, ranging from mild, subtle changes or sensations to severe, noticeable alterations that may hinder limb functionality.

Common symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Aching or discomfort
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Heaviness or tightness
  • Infections
  • Fibrosis

How Is Lymphedema Treated?

Chronic swelling poses various risks, including circulation issues, infection vulnerability, and potential future injuries. Seeking treatment for lymphedema and maintaining regular follow-ups with your doctor and massage therapist are essential. At Zenith Physiotherapy and Wellness, we offer personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs, physical evaluation, health history, and symptom severity. Our focus lies in massage therapy techniques and light exercises for lymphatic treatment.

One specific manual therapy technique widely used for lymphedema patients is “manual lymph drainage.” This technique facilitates lymph fluid flow in the upper and lower extremities, while additional massages aim to enhance circulation and provide relief. Exercising the affected limb(s) also promotes lymph fluid drainage. Our Airdrie, AB massage therapists will design a customized exercise plan involving gentle muscle contractions to restore function and improve range of motion.

Contact Us Today!

In addition to massage therapy, our massage therapist may incorporate treatments such as wrapping, compression, or complete decongestive therapy into your treatment plan. If you’re seeking relief from lymphedema, contact our Airdrie, AB massage therapy office today. Zenith Physiotherapy and Wellness is committed to reducing your lymphedema symptoms and enhancing your daily life. Start your journey toward pain-free movement with us!

Your Next Steps…

  1. Request An Appointment

  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life Pain-Free!