When it comes to lymphedema, patients can experience pain and swelling that can make everyday activities hard. One of the best methods of relief often recommended by physicians is manual lymphatic drainage massage. Here is what you can expect from manual lymphatic drainage massages:
A manual lymphatic drainage massage is useful in relieving symptoms of lymphedema such as swelling and pain around damaged lymph nodes. Lymphedema can occur in the legs or other parts of the body due to cancer, radiation exposure, infection, and trauma. Manual lymphatic drainage massage consists of gentle strokes of the skin in the direction of your heart. This allows accumulated fluid to drain through your lymphatic system and alleviates swelling and pain. Sessions are provided up to 5 times a week for 2 to 4 weeks for maximum results, with sessions typically lasting 45 to 60 minutes. Patients typically experience the greatest reduction of lymphedema symptoms in the first week.
As mentioned, manual lymphatic drainage massages are best used for patients of lymphedema who are experiencing a great deal of swelling and pain. Anyone who has also experienced significant trauma to areas such as the legs can benefit from this practice.
As with many treatments for lymphedema, there can be certain manual lymphatic drainage massage side effects for particular patients. Those who have recently developed lymphedema following surgery are typically advised to refrain from manual lymphatic drainage massage. The massage can further flare up localized swelling. Patients should also refrain if they have experienced sudden infection around the treated area. Manual lymphatic drainage massagers are highly trained in making sure patients remain comfortable. If any pain is experienced during your massage, let your masseuse know so the treatment can be discontinued until the cause of the pain has been determined.
If you or anyone else you know is experiencing symptoms associated with lymphedema, contact the offices of the Laser Lipo & Vein Center immediately. Our staff, led by Dr. Wright, has helped to treat residents of St. Louis for years with complete customer satisfaction. Call today for your free consultation and see how the Laser Lipo & Vein Center can help you.