Edema Swelling Inflammation Lymph Edema
These health complaints are similar and overlap in symptomatology. Due to the similarity and differences we will define the terms and then discuss treatment options.
Edema: a condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body.
Swelling: an abnormal enlargement of a part of the body, typically as a result of an accumulation of fluid.
Inflammation: a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes swollen. It can be reddened, hot, and painful. It can be due to injury, post surgical reaction, or infection. It is the body’s attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens – and begin the healing process.
Lymphedema: an accumulation of lymphatic protein rich body fluid when the lymphatic system for fluid transport is damaged. It typically is in one part of the body. For example, in breast cancer it can appear in the arm on the same side as the cancer, after lymph nodes are removed from the armpit region for cancer staging.
Examples of Inflammatory Conditions:
- Ulcerative Colitis
Treatment of Inflammatory conditions:
Anti-inflammatory and Anti-Microbial Drugs
Wrapping of Extremities
Incision and Drainage by an MD
Soaking of Extremities in Epson Salts
Anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial Homeopathics and Herbs
Elevation of Extremities
Application of Ice
Lymphatic Drainage Manual Therapy
What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymph system is a network of organs, spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, lymph ducts, and lymph vessels. It removes fluid, waste, unwanted materials, and toxins from the interstitial spaces of the body’s tissues. This fluid is formed as a byproduct of cellular metabolism. The lymph system filters the fluid and moves it through nodes and lymph vesicles. It creates lymph fluid which contains infection-fighting white blood cells and moves it throughout the body. It moves fluid from tissues to the bloodstream. The lymph system is a major part of the body’s immune system.
Lymphatic Drainage Manual Therapy
Lymphatic drainage manual therapy is a specialized body work technique that is provided by advanced trained licensed and certified health care practitioners. This therapy applies repetitive pressure at lymph node sites and a gentle stroking technique along lymph vessels that stimulates the movement of lymph fluid. This therapy assists with post surgical swelling, edema, lymph edema, and inflammation due to numerous heath complaints such as sinusitis, arthritis, gastritis, back pain, neck pain and more.
Treatment with Homeopathics and Herbal Remedies
When natural remedies are requested a client will set up a natural health care exam to determine the appropriate natural treatment plan.
Additional Conditions that can be treated with Lymphatic Drainage and Natural Remedies
- Post surgical swelling
- Lymph edema with Cancer and other ailments
- Post Liposuction swelling
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Foot pain
- Full feeling in head
- Foggy thinking
- Face lift side effects
- Addison’s Disease
- Puffy eyes
- Swollen ankles
Victoria Goldsten, HD, LMT, LPN
Doctor of Integrative Homeopathy
Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Lymphatic Drainage Specialist
Complementary Cancer Care Specialist
Available in Washington, D.C. and Maryland
Over 30 years of health care experience
Offering Natural Exams and Lymphatic Drainage
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