Lymphoedema is the swelling of a body part caused by an abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the tissues. Although lymphoedema can occur anywhere in the body, it is most usually troublesome in an arm or leg.
I am experienced in treating lymphoedema in whatever part of the body it presents, including the Head, Face and Neck, whatever the cause.
Secondary Lymphoedema is the most common form, which is caused by damage to the lymphatic system. This is often the result of cancer surgery, radiotherapy, or repeated infections.
Picture 1 illustrates Breast Cancer-related lymphoedema while Picture 2 shows swelling as the result of Cervical Cancer.
Picture 3 shows Primary Lymphoedema. This is a less common condition, normally caused by congenital malformation of the lymphatic system.
It can be evident at birth, or may not present until later in life.
Hormonal surges such as puberty, pregnancy or menopause may trigger the appearance of Primary lymphoedema. Early treatment and good control are vital for the best outcome.
"For 10 years I suffered this horribly swollen leg, despite frequent hospital admissions for infections, no one could help me. Finally I found Dawn and she transformed my life!"
Lymphovenous Oedema is a chronic swelling due to underlying venous disease. Oedema can develop over time due to the drainage system being overwhelmed and the lymphatics damaged by repeated infections. In time this leads to a lymphoedema that will not resolve without specialist intervention. Dawn has extensive in wound healing and therefore we can treat you even if there is an ulcer present.
Lipoedema (Picture 4) mainly affects women and presents as a fatty swelling in both legs from the ankles to the hips, the feet always remain normal until the condition advances. Lipoedema can be a painful swelling that bruises easily and often runs in families.
Sinus Headache and chronic fatigue
Sinus headache, chronic sinusitis and chronic fatigue can all be relieved by MLD. MLD is profoundly relaxing and patients find it highly beneficial in these conditions.