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Precautionary Measures for Lymphedema

Copied from “Silent Waves” by Bruno Chikly, pages 247-248.

“In lymphedema remember that the few remaining lymphatic vessels are very fragile and will not tolerate any heavy massage pressure, e.g., deep tissue massage, Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), Rolfing, Hellerwork, etc.

Be aware that in primary lymphedema other limbs may also be at risk and observe the same precautions for them.

Avoid the four “I’s.”

  1. Injury
  2. Infection
  3. Increased temperature
  4. Increased pressure

Injury and Infection
Increased temperature
Increased pressure

Skin Care

The skin is the body’s first line of defense. It protects the body from trauma and infection and aids in temperature regulation. Therefore it is essential to keep the skin healthy. Individuals who have had any impairment of the lymphatic system are especially at risk for developing an infection. A small cut or abrasion can allow bacteria to enter the skin, and the stagnant lymphatic fluid is a perfect environment in which bacteria can grow.”

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