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We are a Lymphedema management clinic in Newmarket located out of East Gwillimbury Physiotherapy.  Our Physiotherapist is certified in management of Lymphedema and authorised by the Ontario government ADP for compression garments

Who can benefit from Lymphatic Drainage?

  • Post mastectomy
  • Post lymph node removal
  • Recurring or repetitive infection and/or impaired healing of tissue
  • Sports Injuries
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Headache
  • Whiplash
  • Varicose Veins
  • Chronic ear infections – kids or adults
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Ulcers
  • Varicose Veins
  • Pre & Post operative swelling
  • Scar healing
  • Burns
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome
  • Rheumatic diseases
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Repetitive ear infection
  • Repetitive lung infection
  • Primary and secondary lymphedema

Here is a recommended read.   I think that stories of people who have experienced their own journey with Lymphedema can have elements that may be helpful to someone else.

Voices of Lymphedema:  stories, advice, and inspiration from patients and therapists – edited by Ann Ehrlich and Elizabeth McMahon.

“Lymphedema is just one of the many cancer leftovers or gifts “ – Fran Suran

“On a Bad Day – swollen like sausage; On a Good Day – my arm, part of me

On a Bad Day – blotchy pain constant vigil; On a Good Day – I create and live with joy

On a Bad Day – For the rest of life; On a Good Day – I am here with smile” – Kim Decker

“I remember having such strong, fearful, and depressing emotions when I was first diagnosed.  Now I’m so used to it and I find so many ways around this handicap called lymphedema, that it doesn’t seem that big a deal anymore.” – Tracy Novak

“Those of us dealing with this condition may not like the reality of lymphedema, but we can rise to meet the challenge.” – Mary Warren

The lymphatic system is still the most over looked system in the body.  It has historically been ignored because it could not be easily studied.

As such, the anatomy of the lymphatic system is not discussed in detail in medical training of health professionals including Physicians.

The pathways are so delicate at the skin’s surface that scientists and researchers missed this anatomy component for many many years.

In the 1900’s Winnewater discovered that fluids moved toward the heart and could be influenced by mechanical force.

In the 1930 and onward Emil Vodder of Austria further honed the treatment of the lymphatic system by observing how it could influence ear nose and throat congestion.  And moved in to treatment techniques for the whole body.

Courses for Lymphatic drainage massage were brought to North America in the 70’s, however, further study and acceptance in North America has been brought forth primarily because of mastectomy treatment of breast cancer.  This brought a clear need to support viable lymphedema treatments.  And helped bring lymphatic drainage massage to the forefront as a real option for treatment.  This push in North America is only two decades old.

With the increased attention that manual lymphatic drainage and combined decongestive therapy have brought to clinicians and researchers.  Other benefits have been discovered as well.

Please click here if you are interested in reading more about the benefits of lymphatic drainage massage.

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