St Petersburg Lymphedema, Chronic Venous Insufficiency, Lipidema, Edema, Lymphatic Elephantitis and Post Surgical Swelling Servi
Posted Feb 20 2013 5:48pm
Healthy Being Wellness Center, our Naturopath and Lymphatic Drainage Therapist, Melissa Gallagher provides services and therapies for
Our clients come to us for a variety of reasons
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)
Edema secondary to Congestive Heart Failure
Post Surgical Swelling
Chemotherapy and radiation related edema and lymphedema
you are suffering from mild to extreme edema that may be pitting or you
have experienced you skin thickening and getting harder, drier, darker,
crusty, tight, shiny and painful- you need to seek treatment. There is
no way to reverse your condition without extensive decongestive
Lymphedema is a slow and progressive problem that
goes through several stages. Over time, structural changes will occur
in the affected extremity(ies). Protein deposits will cause fibrotic
plaques that cause further increase in fluid retention. The skin will
actually change in structure, becoming less flexible, thicker and dryer
and therefore more susceptible for wounds caused by cracks in the skin.
treatments in lymphatic and venous disorders will
depend heavily on the individual diagnosis, and will include lymphatic
therapies, compression therapies, homeopathic and herbal remedies,
dietary management, decongestive exercise and patient education.
In the context of lymphedema, we have
very specific short- and long-term goals
Maximal reduction of edema and restoration of normal volume of the limbs
Optimal skin care and maintenance of normal skin texture
Reduction of the risk of recurrent infection
Maximal restoration of normal function of the limbs
Education to foster independent maintenance of health
Treatment of lymphedema is accomplished through a variety and variation of complex decongestive lymphatic therapies.
Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy:
Lymphatic Drainage : A specialized technique that stimulates lymphatic flow and has been shown to
reduce the incidence of infection. Our therapist, Melissa Gallagher, can reduce edema in
areas not readily accessible to compression devices and garments (head,
chest, shoulder, back, flank, and groin). The massage techniques are
also effective in the promotion of wound healing and the restoration of
normal skin texture.
Multilayer Compressive Bandaging: Special short-stretch bandages are applied in a specific manner to provide a pressure gradient that reduces edema volume.
Decongestive Exercises: Simple muscular exercises promote venous and lymphatic flow.
Meticulous Skin Care: Assessment and maintenance of skin integrity is a central issue in the care of individuals with lymphedema.
Patient Education: Melissa Gallagher will give clients
and their families extensive home-care instruction. Home maintenance is
critical to management of these chronic conditions. Self-administered
manual lymphatic drainage, bandaging, use of compression garments (and
devices, as needed), a home exercise program, and skin care techniques
are all taught during treatment at the center. Therapy of posthrombotic
syndrome/chronic venous insufficiency involves an individualized program
that incorporates many of these principles.
Other compressive methods and devices:
vary per client. We often see clients every day for a series of weeks
or we will see them every other day for a few weeks- it depends on each
case and the level of lymphatic insufficiency. The combination of
education, exercise, bandaging, diet, homeopathic remedies and lymphatic
drainage therapy will help in moving the lymphatic to reduce swelling.
clients often experience immediate reduction in limb size and weight
loss. An average of 10-12lbs can be lost in a matter of just a few days
of lymphatic drainage treatment, bandaging and at home work.
Please give us a call to schedule your appointment for complete lymphedema treatment at Healthy Being Wellness Center.
Healthy Being Wellness Center is a natural, organic day spa in St. Petersburg, FL that focuses on promoting healthy and natural lifestyles.
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