Eyre Sports Physio no longer hosts a Lymphoedema therapist. If you require treatment we recommend contacting Holly McLennan at LymphFocus
The Lymphatic system is part of the body’s circulatory system that is closely associated with the arteries and veins; it collects and returns fluid and materials that escape these structures. Lymphoedema is the condition that occurs when the lymphatic system is not able to drain or work effectively.
Lymphoedema can affect people of any age for a variety of reasons; and though it can occur in any part of the body, it most commonly occurs in arms and legs.
Lymphoedema may occur because surgery has damaged the lymphatic system and is called Secondary Lymphoedema; and removal of lymph nodes at time of surgery increases the risk of Lymphoedema. Primary Lymphoedema occurs with no obvious cause, and is often an indication of a lymph system that has not formed properly.
Managing Lymphoedema generally involves a multi pronged approach. Treatment may include: assisting drainage via education and care of the limb (to keep skin intact and prevent infection), specific massage, targeted exercise and compression. Laser therapy and ultrasound can also be beneficial.
Management is tailored to each individual. An integral part of management is education, particularly about the best ways to help, as well as understanding what is detrimental to each person’s Lymphoedema.