Sunday, December 04, 2011
At Healthy Being Wellness Center, under the direction of Lymph
Therapist, Melissa Gallagher, we work with clients who suffer from
Primary and Secondary Lymphedema and specialize in working with
individuals who have experienced breast cancer treatment as well as
other cancers, including melanoma, gynecologic cancer, head and neck
cancer and sarcoma.
is caused by an abnormality of the lymphatic system leading to
excessive build up of tissue fluid that forms lymph, known as
interstitial fluid. Stagnant lymph fluid contains protein and cell
debris that causes swelling of affected tissues. Lymph is responsible
for transporting essential immune chemicals and cells. Left untreated,
lymphedema leads to chronic inflammation, infection and hardening of the
skin that, in turn, results in further lymph vessel damage and
distortion of the shape of affected body parts.
can build up in any area of the body that has inadequate lymph drainage
and cause lymphedema. Lymphedema is a condition that develops slowly
and once present is usually progressive.
Treatment Options For Individuals with Lymphedema
Decongestive therapy is also called Combined, Complex or Comprehensive
Decongestive Therapy. All refer to the same method known as CDT. CDT is
the main treatment for lymphedema. Experts who treat lymphedema consider
CDT the Ã¢??gold standardÃ¢?Â of treatment. CDT has been shown to be safe
and effective. CDT consists of an initial reductive phase (Phase I)
followed by a maintenance phase (Phase II). In Phase I, the main goals
are reducing the size of the affected part and improving the skin. After
Phase I, the person with lymphedema needs to continue into Phase II, an
ongoing, individualized selfÃ¢?Â management phase to make sure the gains
of Phase I are maintained long term.
At Healthy Being Wellness
Center, Lymphatic Therapist Melissa Gallagher utilizes an advanced tool
to administer a powerful form of CDT. Using a frequency tool, Melissa
Gallagher has helped numerous clients regain their mobility, ability to
do daily tasks, recover from surgery faster, reduce swelling and assist
in the body's natural lymphatic function. Often clients experience a
decreased lymphatic function from a series of traumas, surgeries,
radiation and scar tissue build up. Lymphatic Therapy protocols allow Melissa to work with clients on developing an individualized therapy program that suits their needs.
Call us today to book your appointment. 727-502-3464
Visit our website: www.healthybeingllc.com