Lymphedema Treatment and Lymphatic System care in Dallas, Texas
The lymphatic system is the body’s detox system and sewer system for fluids.
It plays an important role in the circulatory and immune systems. Most people have never heard of its useful function, until there is a malfunction. The lymphatic system is made vessels, which are tubes carrying fluid and lymph nodes are tiny organs in clusters which filter fluid. Bone marrow, the spleen, and intestinal lymph tissue are also part of the lymphatic system working together to make up the immune system.
The lymphatic systems primary job is to carry away cellular waste produced as part of normal metabolism. Cells use the nutrients from the blood to rid the body of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes that are killed by the immune cells. It also works to transport long-chain fats we eat (the unhealthy kind) into the bloodstream as they are absorbed from the intestines. Ultimately, lymphatic fluid becomes urine.
BodyWorkRX provides the four main components of lymphedema treatment:
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
- Multi-layer Compression Bandaging
- Skin Care
- Compression Garment assessment and referral
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a manual technique of stimulating the lymphatic system to move more fluid faster. It is a form of light, yet specific massage. Just like your heart picks up its pace when you exercise, the lymphatic system picks up its pace when it is stimulated. This helps a slow and sluggish system clear itself more efficiently. This treatment is ideal in preparing your body before surgery to increase immune function and decrease swelling. Also, it’s wonderful for the immune compromised or those who have trouble with chronic inflammatory conditions.
Lymphedema Treatment addresses chronic swelling that occurs in any body part where the lymphatic system has been damaged due to some sort injury, surgery, or other trauma. It can be secondary to venous insufficiency and lipedema. People born with a primary lymphedema resulting from a genetic defect may have swelling at birth or it may not appear until young adulthood or later in life.
Treatment for lymphedema is called Complete Decongestive Therapy, or CDT, and it’s very effective. Several factors go into the individual outcome but many people can live with a perfectly normal size arm or leg.