Lymphoedema (swelling) occurs when lymph flow is impaired. Either damage, obstruction or absence of vessels can lead to dysfunction of the lymphatic system. Most often limbs are affected, but lymph oedema can also occur in the face, neck, abdomen or genitals. lymphoedema are at risk Lymphoedema is a treatable and manageable condition.
There are 2 main types of lymphoedema
1. Developmental (inherited) disturbance of the lymphatic system (primary lymphoedema)
2. Acquired damage of lymphatic vessels and/or lymph nodes (secondary lymphoedema)
Treatment involves decongestive therapy:
Manual Lymph Drainage – Patients receive Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) to remove excess fluid and protein from the tissues.
Exercise – Decongestive exercises are most effective if performed while the patient wears compression garments or bandages, which are also essential components in lymphedema management.
Skin Care and Hygiene – Good skin care plays an essential part in the treatment of lymphoedema. Daily skin cleansing with antibacterial washes and neutral balanced pH lotions will help to eliminate possible bacterial and fungal growth and so minimise the possibility of repeated attacks of cellulitis or lymphangitis.
Breathing – The lymph transport in the Thoracic Duct (Ductus Thoracicus) is mainly caused by the action of breathing. Taking into consideration that this duct transports 4 litres of lymph per day explains the importance of diaphragmatic breathing to help increase transport of lymphatic fluid.
Many common health conditions are very effectively treated with acupuncture, including back pain, general stress and fertility problems
Acupuncture is a therapeutic practice that originated in China many thousands of years ago. It is based on the premise that the body functions properly when the energy and blood flows freely throughout the body. Fine, disposable, sterile needles are inserted along energy pathways(meridians) in the body to promote good health and reduce pain. It is a natural form of therapy that can promote good health and reduce pain.
In our clinic, we use acupuncture to treat:
- Pain and stiffness in the back, neck, shoulder, arm, knee and general aches
- Sports injuries, muscle and ligament strains and joint sprains
- Women’s health issues, incontinence and support of women during and after pregnancy, menstrual and menopausal problems