Newsletter 12

JM Remedial Therapy & Lymphoedema Clinic
5-7 Albany Forest Drive
Albany Creek Q. 4035

 

December 2010        

Issue Number 12
 

 

Points of interest
 

From the desk
Lymphatic drainage
Oedema in late pregnancy
Lymphoedema following gynecological cancer
It is unlikely that the rate of lymphoedema will decrease any time soon
Prevention of Lymphoedema
Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine for Lymphoedema
Summary

From the desk

Following up on health concerns from our clients and their quest for health advice at the clinic, we now offer naturopathic services with Doreen Wheeler. Naturopathy is an effective Traditional Medicine looking at prevention of lifestyle-related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. It is also effective in dealing with weight loss, weight gain, detoxification, treating menopause, infertility, insomnia, thyroiditis and chronic ailments such as arthritis. Naturopathy can provide you with the tools to take charge of your health and wellbeing.

Our massage therapist Amy Thomas is also doubling up as receptionist. Should you develop a headache, back ache or had this heavy gym session in the morning, you can now ring the clinic and may be able to make an appointment on the spot with Amy. Should we all be busy massaging, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.
 
We honour our Senior Citizens and would like to remind you to show your card and claim the rebate available for naturopathic and massage session.

You can also purchase a GIFT VOUCHER before Christmas at our July 2010 price.

The clinic is closing from 23rd December until 18th January 2011. We are taking three weeks holiday to make up for the missing August break

We would like to thank you for chosing us for your Relaxation and Remedial Massage, Lymphoedema and/or Naturopathy treatment with a gift that you can collect when visiting the clinic before Christmas. 

We also would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Best regards

Jeanine, Amy, Doreen

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Lymphatic drainage

A lymphatic drainage massage is superficial because the lymphatic capillaries are located just below the epidermis of the skin, and also rhythmical to mimic the movement of the muscles contracting. There are many reasons why you would choose to have a lymphatic drainage massage.

A lymphatic drainage stimulates the opening of the initial lymphatic vessels in the skin and increases the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times. It also increases the pumping of the deep lymphatic vessels from 6 up to 30 times per minute. It assists with the distribution of nutrients and the removal of wastes and toxins from the skin layers decreasing the congestion responsible for acne, cellulite, aches, fatigue etc.

A lymphatic drainage is helpful for conditions involving fluid retention, weight loss, lethargy, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, pregnancy, constipation and healing time after illness or surgery. It is also well recognized that it reduces the recovery time after exercise and boosts up the immune system. The lymphatic drainage is of course an integral part of the Complex Lymphatic Therapy for the management of lymphoedema.

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Oedema during pregnancy

It is common to develop some varicose veins and/or retain a certain amount of swelling during pregnancy because of the changes in the blood chemistry. In addition, the growing baby can add pressure on the main pelvic vein causing swelling in the feet and ankles particularly during the third trimester.

Should you have a family history of varicose veins, suffer from tired, aching legs and swelling, we would recommend wearing compression stockings for the full nine months.The stockings can mechanically help moving the blood and fluid from the ankles towards the heart. Studies have shown that with the increased compression on the legs, the heart rate falls while the cardiac output increases.

We can also suggest getting regular lymphatic drainage, drinking plenty of water, wearing comfortable shoes, walking regularly, not crossing your legs or ankles while sitting and putting your feet up regularly.

In some cases, swelling could be a sign of preeclampsia, which is a serious condition with swelling on the face, in the hand and excessive swelling of the feet and ankles, and we would advise you to see your doctor. Otherwise, these symptoms are only temporary and often disappear after childbirth.

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Snippets about lower limb lymphoedema following gynecological cancer

Lower Limb Lymphedema is common in Survivors of Gynecological Cancer

NEW YORK JUN 27, 2007 (Reuters Health) – A significant proportion of gynecological cancer survivors develop lower limb lymphedema, according to results of a study published in the June 15th issue of Cancer.

"Lower limb lymphedema is one of the most disabling side effects of surgical and radiotherapy treatment for gynecological cancer," note Dr. Vanessa Beesley, of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia, and colleagues.
 
"For many gynecological cancer patients, lymph node dissection is an integral part of cancer 
treatment and surgical staging, and this procedure has been associated with lymphedema development."
SOURCE:
Cancer 2007;109:2607-2614

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It is unlikely that the rate of lymphoedema will decrease any time soon

Recent research on the use of adjuvant use of radiation in the treatment of premenopausal women with breast cancer – in combination with chemotherapy – have indicated a reduction in reoccurance of cancer from 30% to 10%. This research also concluded that because of the combination of radiation and chemotherapy, it is unlikely that the rate of lymphoedema in individuals treated for breast cancer will be reduced any time soon.

(Canadian study: Ragaz J, Jackson SM, Le N, et al. Adjuvant radiotherapy and chemotherapy in node-positive premenopausal women with breast cancer N. Engl J Med 1997: 337:956-62; Danish study: Overgaard M, Hansen PS, Overgaard, J, et al. Postoperative radiotherapy on high-risk premenopausal women with breast cancer who receive adjuvant chemotherapy, N. Engl J Med 1997; 337:949-55)

While on the Centre for Gynaecological Cancer website I also read this write-out from Professor AJ Crandon from March 1999, which was revised in September 2009:

"In the past the usual approach to cervical cancer – FIGO stages I-IIA was treated by radiotherapy, however, the results had not been encouraging. The use of chemotherapy agents with the radiotherapy has been investigated and there are now five large phase III studies, showing survival advantage for concurrent cisplatin based chemotherapy with the radiotherapy."

This study may also indicate that the rate of lymphoedema in indivicuals treated with a combination of chemotherapy agents and radiotherapy may not decrease any time soon…

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Prevention of Lymphoedema

People at risk of developing lymphoedema should have a self-care program of regular gentle exercise, wear a bra professionally fitted and a compression garment when flying. It is primordial to have a good skin care routine to avoid infections.  It is important to avoid:

Cuts, abrasions or other tissue injuries on the limb at risk as well as injections and blood pressure readings
Sunburns
Direct heat such as hot baths and saunas
Wearing jewellery
Carrying heavy loads

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Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine for Lymphoedema

Lymphoedema is a complex inflammatory condition, which must be treated holistically. It is likely that many people with a compromised lymphatic system also experience some degree of gut dysfunction. There may also be a correlation between weight gain, obesity and Lymphoedema.

To remove the inflammatory body response it may be necessary to reduce the workload on the body and detoxify the body systems, while weight loss can prevent and/or assist in the treatment of Lymphoedema. It may also be necessary to investigate potential allergies such as wheat and dairy and remove the offender to positively affect the function of the lymphatic system

A well balanced diet for an efficient working of the lymphatic system is well documented and food rich in bioflavonoid such as citrus and onions is ideal for boosting the removal of excess proteins and toxins from the system.

 

Summary

Hope you find this newsletter informative and enjoy reading it. Should you have questions or suggestions of topics for future newsletter, please contact us.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Looking forward to see you soon

Jeanine, Amy and Doreen

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JM Remedial Therapy & Lymphoedema Clinic
5-7 Albany Forest Drive
Albany Creek Q. 4035 

Issue Number 12

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