Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of fluid within the body which causes swelling.
What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of fluid within the body which causes swelling. Damage to the lymphatic system causes this swelling and is sometimes the result of congenital conditions, surgery, or may be a side effect of cancer treatments such as surgical intervention or radiation therapy.
How Do We Help Manage?
- Education: Therapy Forward’s Lymphedema Management Program will provide caregiver education to patients and family on best practice techniques to manage lymphedema during, between, and after treatment sessions.
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage: Certified hands on techniques are used, in order to facilitate and stimulate lymphatic system response, in order to encourage drainage and removal of swelling from an area.
- Compression: Compression bandaging is another important component of lymphedema management and is also known as “wrapping”. It provides continued reduction to the swelling site. Therapy Forward also works with lymphedema compression garment companies, in order to provide custom garments as a part of the lymphedema management program.
- Exercise: Therapy Forward’s certified Lymphedema therapists will provide patient-specific exercises according to level of functional and progress status.