Continuous swelling or swollen area/s means the body is in lymphatic distress and highly recommend that you do not leave it, but seek treatment to prevent further problems arising!
Yvette Jordan, UKLC Training Director is a lymphatic specialist and lymphoedema therapist. She combines forty years of massage with thirteen years in lymphology and from experience knows that most lymphatic problems and conditions she usually sees start off very slowly and sometimes may not even be noticeable. This is with the exception, of course, i.e. post-operatively, injury or allergic reaction.
Whatever part of the body is affected by swelling, if it does not reduce and return to normal within two weeks it means it needs specific lymphatic massage to help the lymphatic system take away excess fluid build-up, this reduces the possibility of further problems arising from the lymph fluid which eventually hardens, effecting muscular movement.
Swollen, sore, painful breasts, armpit or chest
Reduce abdominal fluid and swelling
We are now warned bowel cancer is on the increase and swollen stomachs may hide it. You can carry up to 40 litres or 70 pints of excess waste fluid in and around the abdomen and although not a medical condition it is usually a sign of ill health.
Sixty percent of the lymphatic system or 500–700 lymph nodes are within the abdominal area and they are there to collect, filter and clean waste from the intestines and lower body. Therefore, maintaining a good posture and regular abdominal exercises are essential and to keep the correct muscular movement of the lymphatics that surround the large intestine and this is necessary to improve waste removal and lymphatic function.
After cellulitis infection has receded, it is important to remove any residual swelling to prevent further lymphatic deterioration with a hardening of the surrounding tissue area.
Left to harden it can lead to pain with restricted movement and joint problems particularly when around the ankles or arm, hardened swelling is more likely to also cause the infection to happen again.
What causes cellulitis?
Most cellulitis infections are caused by bacteria that live on the surface of the skin. It enters through broken skin or an immune system that is compromised in any way. The bacteria enter directly into the blood and the lymphatic system which causes redness, heat, and painful swelling with a general feeling of being unwell. Immediate antibiotic treatment is necessary, but it can lead to fever and hospitalization.
What are the risk factors for cellulitis?
Cellulitis is a common problem and can affect anyone. However, there are some things that can make you more prone to cellulitis. For example:
How is cellulitis treated?
It is usually with a 7-day course of antibiotics but in some cases, they may need more. If your symptoms do not start to clear within a few days of taking antibiotics please return to your GP, as sometimes different antibiotics are needed.
Post-operative swelling and recovery issues?
New or old injuries? Tried everything?
We are aware of how important it is to remove post-operative swelling, especially if it will not go away. Swelling that stays around can often cause stiffness and be problematic, months or even years later and this due to the hardening of the fluid in the area. It can be softened and reduced giving mobility and movement back.
Sadly, the disruption of lymphatic pathways can leave residual swelling post-cancer treatment with limited mobility needed for lymphatic flow, therefore you are more likely to suffer from lymphoedema or you may suddenly develop lymphoedema for no apparent reason. Treatment of this condition, however mild, is essential as sometimes wearing a compression sleeve continuously can be extremely restrictive on the lymphatic and muscular system and may actually be causing some of the problems. Effective treatment with caring and considerate advice for home maintenance can give you extraordinary long term results. Early treatment for oedema or swelling post-cancer can also help reduce the worsening symptoms of lymphoedema.
There is much misunderstanding about this lymphatic medical condition. Read more here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lipoedema/
Often associated with `fat legs`. Thighs appear very wide at the top giving an un-natural size hip-width compared to the waist. Skin on thighs is more sensitive and feels papery. If you diet when you have this condition you never seem to lose weight on your hips just everywhere else.
Improve your general health
Any massage naturally stimulates the blood flow and with that comes the release of extra waste and toxins into the lymphatic system.
Now you have overloaded this system, it is advisable for your health to help the removal of these extra toxins with a new lymphatic integrated massage. This new short and stimulating approach to lymphatic healthcare uses a different technique to traditional lymphatic manual massage. It can be a stand-alone massage or part of any therapy.
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