Chronic swelling can lead to persistent pain that impacts your quality of life. This condition, known as lymphedema, can often be alleviated through massage therapy. Mika Aldan and her team at Holistic Garden in Honolulu, HI, provide treatments that improve circulation and relieve tension, minimizing the swelling people with lymphedema often experience. Here, these relaxation and wellness experts discuss the causes of this condition and how their services treat it.
What Is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is an illness in which waste fluid collects in the arms and legs and causes swelling. The primary form of the condition may be present at birth or develop during adulthood. In most cases, however, it is caused by another health issue. In these situations, it is called secondary lymphedema.
Secondary lymphedema is prevalent among breast cancer patients whose lymph nodes have been removed, as well as people who have received radiation treatments. Swelling at the site of the damaged or removed lymph nodes may appear immediately, but some may not experience it until years later.
How Will Lymphatic Massage Help?
Lymphatic massage, or manual lymph drainage, is a treatment designed to remove waste fluid from the damaged area naturally. The therapist will gently rub or tap your skin in the direction of the lymphatic system’s structure, helping increase the volume of lymph flow. This will drain the waste fluid and reduce swelling in the affected area. The treatment is not painful, and many people see reduced swelling within the first week of therapy. Many people who receive lymphatic massage treatments also experience an increase in their energy levels.
If persistent, painful swelling in the limbs is keeping you from your favorite activities, you may be a good candidate for lymphatic massage. The licensed massage and bodywork therapists at Holistic Garden will assess your condition and develop an effective treatment regimen. They offer a range of services that includes shiatsu and Swedish massage to restore your sense of wellness and balance. Call (808) 938-5708 to schedule an appointment or visit their website to learn more.