What is lymphoedema?Lymphoedema is the accumulation of protein-rich fluid in your body causing one or more areas to swell. The swelling occurs when your lymphatic drainage system is not functioning correctly and instead of draining naturally, the fluid begins to build up in the tissues.
What can I expect from lymphoedema treatment and management?Lymphoedema treatment and management aims to improve the flow of lymph fluid through the body to limit the degree of pooling. Research has shown that effective lymphoedema management requires a combination of therapies that include:
- Manual lymphatic drainage
- Compression therapy
- Exercise prescription and education
- Healthy lifestyle advice and support
- Scar management and advice
- Skin care