Lymphoedema & Lipoedema
(Dr. Vodder Method)
Lymphoedema is a swelling that can develop when the lymphatic system has become damaged or is not working properly. It can affect any part of the body, but is mainly seen in arms or legs. If the lymph system is under-developed or is damaged or becomes blocked, there is a build up of fluid in the surrounding area. The arm or leg will become swollen, will feel heavy and can often be painful. The skin will become dry, sometimes thickened and can also discolour. If not treated the swelling becomes very difficult to control and there is an increased risk of infection (cellulitis). Some of the signs and symptoms include the feeling of stiffness, the sensation of tightness, fullness or heaviness in the affected area as well as a certain degree of discomfort or pain.
Lymphoedema can be either Primary or Secondary
Primary Lymphoedema is from birth and can start at any time as the result of an abnormally developed lymphatic system.
Secondary Lymphoedema is caused by damage to the lymphatic system and can develop as a result of f.ex. surgery, radiation, injury/accident, immobility, infection, venous problems.
Lipoedema is caused by an abnormal distribution of fat cells and is characterised by enlargement of both legs, with 'normal' waist and ankles, and may occasionally also affects the arms. The skin is sensitive to pressure, tends to bruise easily, and is usually accompanied by varying levels of pain.
A medical consent must be completed by your GP or Oncologist before your first treatment.
As Lymphoedema cannot be cured, regular on-going treatments are necessary to monitor and properly manage this condition. The aim of the treatment is to reduce swelling and to prevent it from worsening.