What You Should Know About Lymphedema
Learn more about Lymphedema, its types, and natural treatments effective in minimizing the condition.
The lymphatic system is a part of the immune system and vital for immune function. A fluid called lymph circulates within the lymphatic system. Usually, Lymphedema is typically caused by a blockage of this system commonly affecting one’s arms or legs. Subsequently, Some patients also experience swelling in the head, neck, genitals, and chest.
The lymphatic system has three main functions:
- Draining excess tissue fluid: It balances the fluid in the blood and the fluid in the tissues.
This is known as fluid homeostasis.
- Fighting infection: It provides immunity by assisting the body’s immune defense against
foreign bodies, such as bacteria.
- Absorbing fats: It absorbs lipid nutrients from the intestine and transports them to the blood.
Lymphedema, or lymphatic obstruction, is a condition where excess fluid collects
in tissues causing swelling (oedema).
There are two types of lymphedema:
Primary lymphedema, caused by mutations in some of the genes involved in the development
of the lymphatic system. These faulty genes interfere with the lymphatic system’s
development. As a result, it undermining its ability to drain fluid properly. Thus, excess fluid can build
up in parts of the body. Primary lymphedema is very serious. Therefore a specialist should be
consulted regarding treatment.
Secondary lymphedema is an acquired situation resulting from surgery and removal of lymph nodes. It is also caused by radiation treatment, infections, inflammatory conditions, injury and trauma. It is also easier to treat with non-invasive therapies such as Bio-Electric Lymphatic Drainage massage.
Common Lymphedema symptoms include:
- swelling of either a part or the whole leg or arm, including the fingers or toes,
ranging from slight changes in limb size to severe swelling
- swelling in the head or neck
- a heavy or tight feeling in the arms or legs
- the range of motion of the limb is restricted
Remedial exercises are useful to manage Secondary Lymphedema. It encourages the movement of the lymph fluid out of the limb. Also effective is suppression garments, and Bio-Electric Lymphatic Drainage. Bio-Electric Lymphatic Drainage (BELD), is a technique based on the principle of Quantum Physics and the latest advancement for assisting lymph pathologies. It uses cold gas ionization technology that produces negatively charged light photons. The photon light penetrates your skin and ignites lymphatic circulation by stimulating our electrons. As a result, toxins and dead blood proteins continue to move into the flow of fluids. They move through the lymphatic channels, breaking debris into tiny particles. Furthermore, it ushers out the waste and excess fluid through the lymphatic network.
BELD treatments takes about an hour and are pain-free. Patients report steady relief from the discomfort of swelling almost immediately and more so in 24 hours. It is highly recommend to drink plenty of water following your treatment to continue flushing out congestion and fluid buildup.
Contact a therapist before receiving treatment. Contraindications apply, so be sure
you’re the right candidate for BELD.