Lymphedema is a condition characterized by the accumulation of lymphatic fluid, often occurring after lymph node removal or damage. Manual lymphatic drainage helps to stimulate lymph flow, reduce swelling, fibrosis prevention, pain and discomfort relief and enhance immune function.
Clients should see me after they have been to a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. I do not provide compression garments or fit you for compression garments.
Lipedema is a chronic medical condition characterized by the abnormal and disproportionate accumulation of fat in certain areas of the body, typically the lower extremities such as the thighs, buttocks, and sometimes the lower legs. This condition primarily affects women and is often bilateral, meaning it affects both sides of the body. Manual lymphatic drainage can help decrease pain and inflammation in affected areas.
Key features of lipedema include:
1. **Fat Distribution:** Lipedema results in a symmetrical distribution of excess fat in the affected areas, creating a distinct "pear-shaped" appearance. The upper body remains relatively unaffected.
2. **Pain and Tenderness:** Individuals with lipedema may experience pain, tenderness, and a sensation of heaviness in the affected limbs. This discomfort can worsen with pressure or touch.
3. **Easy Bruising:** Lipedema-prone areas are prone to easy bruising, and the skin may be sensitive to touch.
4. **Progressive Nature:** Lipedema is often progressive, meaning the fat accumulation tends to worsen over time if left untreated.
5. **No Effect from Diet and Exercise:** Lipedema fat does not typically respond well to diet and exercise. Weight loss, if achieved, usually does not significantly reduce the fat accumulation in the affected areas.