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Lymphoedema management Goulburn

Goulburn Physiotherapy Centre is excited to announce that we now have a fully qualified physiotherapist who can assess and treat lymphoedema! Karen Waters has recently completed an intense 8 day training program in the assessment, management and prevention of Lymphoedema.

Karen is able to provide all aspects of Complex Lymphatic Therapy including manual lymphatic drainage, multilayer lymphoedema bandaging as well as lymphoedema garment prescription and measurement.

This is an invaluable service to have in our community as people with lymphoedema would otherwise have to travel to Canberra for this intensive therapy.

To book an appointment with Karen, please call the team at GPC.


Lymphoedema is a type of swelling which can commonly affect the legs and arms but it may also affect any part of the body. Lymphoedema has many different causes but most commonly it can present after damage to the lymphatic system (e.g. after breast cancer surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy). Lymphoedema can be a problem aesthetically and it can also limit mobility and cause symptoms of heaviness and aching. Physiotherapy can be used to manage lymphoedema with treatment known as complete decongestive therapy. This therapy aims to reduce and control the severity of lymphoedema swelling and allow an individual to better manage this swelling in daily life.

Lymphoedema is a complex and chronic condition that worsens if not managed appropriately and can lead to other health related issues. Unfortunately, permanent damage to the lymphatic system cannot be cured or repaired

Our fully trained lymphoedema therapists at Goulburn Physiotherapy Centre will be able to assess your swelling and help determine the most appropriate management strategy for you. These strategies can include:

  • Manual lymphatic drainage or lymphatic massage to help stimulate lymphatic flow and reduce swelling. 
  • Compression therapy to reduce and maintain the amount of swelling. This may be in the form of applied compression bandaging, compression stockings/garments or compression wraps.
  • Exercises to help stimulate lymphatic drainage and maintain a healthy musculoskeletal system. This may also include hydrotherapy which is an excellent form of exercise to stimulate the lymphatic system.
  • Recommendations regarding skin care as skin conditions such as cellulitis can be common with lymphoedema.

 


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