Lymphedema is an abnormal swelling occurring in a body part usually resulting from injury to the lymphatic system, or from the removal of lymph nodes. It is a chronic condition requiring first an intensive phase of bandaging and manual lymph drainage (MLD), and a second, ongoing, maintenance phase involving the use of compression garments and regular MLD sessions. Lymphatic massage is very gentle to encourage relaxation and the draining of fluids that accumulate in the body.
- Reduced fluid volume
- Reduced swelling
- Improved limb appearance and skin integrity
- Increased range of motion and mobility of the affected area
- Decreased pain
- Reduced risk of infection
- Improved skin appearance