What is Decongestive Drainage?
Decongestive Drainage treatments are a specific treatment for people suffering from Lymphoedema or Lipedema. You may have a one off treatment or a series of treatments depending on the severity of your issue and your goals.
Decongestive treatments differ from Lymphatic Massage as there will be a specific area that will be the focus, and treatments may involve the use of a lymphatic pump, compression bandaging, and/or compression stockings. For more serious issues we will take measurements and before and after photos so you can see progression.
Lymphoedema is swelling of the body, especially the limbs and can be either primary or secondary in nature. Primary lymphoedema is something that is hereditary and the cause can often be unknown. It may be present at birth and this is called congenital lymphedema, or it can present in teenage years or in pregnancy and this is attributed to hormonal changes in the body.
Primary lymphedema is not at this stage curable, so the symptoms need to be managed by a Lymphoedema therapist.
Secondary lymphoedema is lymphoedema created by a known cause and the following things can create this condition
Heart attacks and strokes
Post-surgery from an accident
Cancer and node dissection