Lymphoedema and Lymphatic Drainage – because swelling matters

Lymphoedema is a chronic swelling due to the build up of fluid in the bodys tissue. It occurs when the lymphatic system stops to drain excess fluid from the body and could occur in any part of the body. Most commonly effected are the legs and arms.

A lymphoedema develops when lymph nodes or vessels are removed, blocked or damaged which prevents the fluid from draining away. Even if the condition can't be reversed, a proper treatment can reduce the condition.
Common symptoms of lymphoedema are swollen limbs, hypersensitive skin, a feeling of heaviness in your body, hard and tight skin.
Once discovered there are a lot of ways to treat the condition. Exercising alongside proper skin care, compression garments and lymphatic drainage are some of the most effective ways to reduce swelling. 
According to the NHS England, Lymphoedema is thought to affect more than 200,000 people in the UK. Primary lymphoedema is rare and is thought to affect around 1 in every 6,000 people. Secondary lymphoedema is much more common, caused by pregnancy, operations, injuries and cancer.

History of Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage is a specialized massage technique that stimulates lymphatic vessels which are responsible for the removal of waste products, toxins and natural drainage of lymph in the body.

The technique was invented by danish Drs. Emil and Estrid Vodder in the early 1930's. Initially pioneered to treat chronic sinusitis and immune disorders, they soon discovered the swollen lymph nodes in their patients. Even though the lymph system was understood poorly, the Vodders began to study the system and it's anatomy.
In 1936 the technique was introduced in Paris and was used to educate practitioners. Since then it is widely used to treat clients around the world.

Benefits of lymphatic drainage
  • deeply relaxing and lessens pain
  • reduces swelling and increases lymph and blood flow
  • strengthens the immune system and detoxifies
  • promotes healing in fractures, torn ligaments amd sprains
  • improves chronic pain like sinusitis, scleroderma, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid           arthritis
  • reduces swelling during pregnancy
If you suffer from lymphoedema or swollen tissue, specialized Phsiotherapists and Manual Lymphatic Drainage practitioners can help you.

To arrange a consultation contact Anika Fit (Physiotherapist and Lymphatic Drainage Therapist) under 07484780328 or

To find out more about Anika and Lymphatic Drainage, visit her page.

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