How Lymphedema is Treated

How Lymphedema is Treated

How Lymphedema is Treated

COMPLETE DECONGESTIVE THERAPY (CDT) 

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is considered to be the gold standard of lymphedema treatment, and is in two phases.

PHASE 1

Phase 1 is known as intensive treatment. During this phase, the patient is seen daily by a lymphedema therapist, and usually wears bandages, or wrapping for 23 hours a day, 7 days a week. This phase typically lasts 2-4 weeks, with the primary goal of this phase to reduce swelling in the affected limb. 

PHASE 2

Phase 2 is known as the maintenance phase. During this phase, the patient takes over the responsibility of performing the daily tasks performed in phase 1, that are necessary to control the lymphedema. These treatments include self massage to move the stagnant lymph out of the tissues, wearing compression garments to prevent the swelling from returning again, skin care to maintain the health and prevent infections, and exercise to maintain lymph flow. 

MASSAGE TECHNIQUES

The purpose of gentle massage performed on the skin is to gently guide excess fluid out of the swollen area, so that it can return to the bloodstream. This technique is Manual Lymph Drainage, and should only be performed by a MLD therapist certified in the Vodder Method of MLD. 

COMPRESSION METHODS

The use of compression, at all times, is an important factor in the successful management of Lymphedema. The goals of compression are to:

  • Maintain the progress made during your massage (MLD) sessions
  • Prevent additional swelling
  • Support natural draining of lymph from the tissues.

CARE OF SKIN, NAILS AND FEET

Proper daily skin care is essential, to prevent infections, as Lymphedema patients are more susceptible to skin infections. 

EXERCISES

  • Daily exercise is essential to: 
  • Maintain the flow of lymph
  • Increase the mobility of joints and muscles
  • Maintain general health
  • Control weight, and to 
  • Improve the patient’s sense of well-being.

All these components are important in successfully managing lymphedema, and a Lymphedema Therapist can expertly help. 

At Healing Kneads Massage we are proud to provide expert, compassionate, and professional massage therapy services to our community. Our approach to wellness is a holistic one, and we treat each client as they truly are: unique. We are unique ourselves in that we value our clients very much, and are extremely results and client-focused. We listen to our clients, customize each and every session to meet YOUR wellness goals, and perform full 60 or 90-minute sessions. 

Want to learn more about how massage therapy can help with lymphedema treatment?

Book a call with Laura today!

We can’t wait to meet you and help you recover!

Laura is the founder of Healing Kneads. She graduated from Florida College of Natural Health in 2012 and is passionate about helping people find rejuvenation and renewal amidst the stresses of life, and relief from the pains that show up in their bodies because of that stress. She believes in the mind-body connection and believes every body has the potential for wellness and balance. Laura has helped clients with various issues, including neck and jaw pain, headaches, Lipedema, and Lymphedema.

She is licensed by the Florida Department of Health, and holds certifications in Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, cupping, and neuromuscular massage.  

When Can I Have Sex After Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery?

When Can I Have Sex After Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery?

When Can I Have Sex After Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery?

It’s time to talk about SEX!

When can I have sex again is a very common concern after having a Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. Of course the answer is very personal and different for everyone, but the bottom line is: you can have sex when it’s right for you, doesn’t hurt, and you and your partner are both comfortable with it. Some of my clients have been intimate with their partners as soon as 4 days, while others didn’t until 1-2 months later. Do (or not) what is right for you.

Do keep in mind that your plastic surgeon will most likely suggest you stay off your back and butt, so sexy time with your special person will require some creativity and communication, but it can be done. Although making love to your partner after surgery will feel different than before, I’ve heard many creative and interesting techniques through the years from clients. It may be different, but you might find the changes new and exciting even. For example, some ladies have shared with me that they’ve made love to their partner while wearing their Faja! Another interesting technique is what was referred to as The Ramp Method. With Ramp Method ladies simply put pillows underneath their tummies without laying on the bed, hence the ramp. No pressure on your booty or back, so great adaptation!

Just because you are healing and your body is going through things it’s not used to, it isn’t a reason not to enjoy intimacy with people who matter the most.

Feeling close and connected to the people we love is important, so I don’t think it’s something that should be avoided entirely as you recover from your surgery. Remember to have fun, be creative, and be safe! Good luck!

At Healing Kneads Massage we are proud to provide expert, compassionate, and professional massage therapy services to our community. Our approach to wellness is a holistic one, and we treat each client as they truly are: unique. We are unique ourselves in that we value our clients very much, and are extremely results and client-focused. We listen to our clients, customize each and every session to meet YOUR wellness goals, and perform full 60 or 90-minute sessions. 

Want to learn more about how to ease your pain post-surgery?

Book a call with Laura today!

We can’t wait to meet you and help you recover!

Laura is the founder of Healing Kneads. She graduated from Florida College of Natural Health in 2012 and is passionate about helping people find rejuvenation and renewal amidst the stresses of life, and relief from the pains that show up in their bodies because of that stress. She believes in the mind-body connection and believes every body has the potential for wellness and balance. Laura has helped clients with various issues, including neck and jaw pain, headaches, Lipedema, and Lymphedema.

She is licensed by the Florida Department of Health, and holds certifications in Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, cupping, and neuromuscular massage.  

How Lymphatic Drainage Massage Help Relieves Pain Post Surgery

How Lymphatic Drainage Massage Help Relieves Pain Post Surgery

What is lymphatic drainage?

Your lymphatic system helps eliminate your body’s waste. A healthy, active lymphatic system does this naturally through the movements of smooth muscle tissue.

However, surgery, medical conditions, or trauma to the body can cause fluids and lymph to build up in your lymphatic system and your lymph nodes, a condition called lymphedema.

If you’ve ever had surgery and had lymph nodes removed, your doctor may have suggested lymphatic drainage massage performed by either a massage therapist or physical therapist.

Lymphedema

Surgical procedures that affect or remove lymph nodes can cause lymphedema as a side effect.

Lymphedema will only occur in the area near the surgical site. For example, if you have lymph nodes removed as part of breast cancer treatment to your left breast, only your left arm, not your right arm could develop lymphedema. If you develop lymphedema, you’ll feel fluid build-up which feels very uncomfortable and painful. It feels heavy to clients, and in some instances can affect your mobility, especially if it presents itself in your legs.

Lymphatic massage works by moving waste products away from the damaged area, by using light and gentle strokes, in a repetitive manner. If you’ve undergone surgery to treat cancer and had lymph nodes removed, ask your doctor if lymphatic drainage would help.

At Healing Kneads Massage we are proud to provide expert, compassionate, and professional massage therapy services to our community. Our approach to wellness is a holistic one, and we treat each client as they truly are: unique. We are unique ourselves in that we value our clients very much, and are extremely results and client-focused. We listen to our clients, customize each and every session to meet YOUR wellness goals, and perform full 60 or 90-minute sessions.

Want to learn more about how to ease your pain post-surgery?

Book a call with Laura today!

We can’t wait to meet you and help you recover!

Laura is the founder of Healing Kneads. She graduated from Florida College of Natural Health in 2012 and is passionate about helping people find rejuvenation and renewal amidst the stresses of life, and relief from the pains that show up in their bodies because of that stress. She believes in the mind-body connection and believes every body has the potential for wellness and balance. Laura has helped clients with various issues, including neck and jaw pain, headaches, Lipedema, and Lymphedema.

She is licensed by the Florida Department of Health, and holds certifications in Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, cupping, and neuromuscular massage.

 

The Top 3 Methods to Release Chronic Pain: Meditation, Massage and Nutrition

The Top 3 Methods to Release Chronic Pain: Meditation, Massage and Nutrition

There’s a variety of ways to battle chronic pain. While modern science tends to encourage people to take pills, there are more natural ways to manage pain. In some cases, people incorporate natural pain relief methods with traditional medicine. The trick to pain management is finding a recipe that works for you. If you’re interested in learning about natural ways to handle pain, check out these three methods below:

Meditation

By quieting the mind and body, studies show meditation can offer patients a way to control pain. Mindfulness meditation, where a person focuses on feelings and sensations, can help decrease stress and pain. There are differing schools of thought on the proper ways to meditate, but if you’re interested you can research and find the one that is right for you.

Massage

Massage therapy focuses on a whole body approach to pain. If you suffer from chronic back pain, we will certainly spend some time easing those muscles, but the cause of your pain is likely stemming from other parts of your body. By focusing on the whole body and not just the site of the pain, patients become more aware of their body and where the pain stems from.

Nutrition

If you’re carrying around excess weight, chronic pain may be a side effect. If you’re looking to drop a few pounds and alleviate pain, talk with a nutritionist about eating healthy. You’ll want to incorporate an exercise plan into your daily routine as well.

Why More Professional Sports Teams Are Hiring Massage Therapists

Why More Professional Sports Teams Are Hiring Massage Therapists

It’s not just the coaches and trainers helping athletes from the sidelines anymore, massage therapists are now joining the ranks. An increasing number of professional sports teams are adding a massage therapist to the payroll. What’s the benefit to having a trained masseuse on hand to treat an athlete? Here’s a quick look at a few reasons.

Improved recovery time

Sports are physical, there’s no way around it. At some point during an athlete’s career, they’re going to be injured. From pulled muscles to broken bones, any injury can take a player away from the game. A massage therapist can ease the strained throwing arm of a pitcher or improve blood flow in the shoulders of a linebacker. Studies show these kinds of treatments can improve recovery time and get the athlete back to the field faster.

Relaxation

If there were a big game on the line, any coach would want his or her players relaxed. Massage is a great way to unwind before a game. Rather than letting adrenaline build up in the muscles and joints, a soothing Swedish massage can keep an athlete limber going into the game.

Specialized education

A massage therapist can now specialize in sports massage, which means the team benefits from the therapist’s detailed knowledge. They know how to treat injuries specific to athletes.

Sports massage isn’t just for multi-million dollar pro athletes, any athlete can seek the help of a trained therapist to help with athletic performance.