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Breast foot forward MLD


 

Welcome to the Lymphoedema Service  for
Breast Foot Forward
© Marion Cobbold
Living with breast cancer is difficult, the constant worry in the back of one’s mind never really leaves.
Having dealt with all the necessities of the treatment, family, friends, emotions, one’s own mortality  etc, the last thing one chooses to deal with is a condition called lymphoedema.  
Lymphoedema in breast cancer results from radiation therapy or lymph node dissection. Lymphoedema does not have to be an immediate result of the treatment, it can stay latent for many years and suddenly appear due an injury, a minor sunburn, through over exertion of the affected arm etc.
Lymphoedema is a chronic condition but it is manageable with skin care and awareness, exercise, compression, Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and diet.
My aim is to raise awareness of the condition and to help you to be proactive which will give you strength and power to be positive with the ups and downs of the condition. 
In the first instance you may experience a feel taut swelling, a slight tugging pain on the inner side of the upper arm, usually in conjunction with a tense feeling in the axilla (armpit), heaviness, tingling, tightness, restricted arm movement etc. Followed by swelling of the shoulder, trunk, breast, arm, hand or fingers.
If the arm is put under load, the symptoms get stronger. Once lymphoedema is present, it tends to deteriorate if left untreated. The oedematous tissues harden (fibrosis) and chronic inflammation remains present. The good news is that lymphoedema can be managed successfully with professional help from a lymphoedema specialist. The sooner treatment is begun, the greater the success will be
The treatment involves:
·         Stimulation of lymph nodes
·         Breathing exercise to stimulate deep lymphatic drainage
·         Massage of chest, abdomen and back to clear central body areas
·         Gentle, rhythmic strokes to assist drainage of limbs, trunk and or head.
 
 
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) with Breast Foot Forward
Designed to improve the functioning of the lymphatic system and help treat Lymphoedema”
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is an advanced therapy, specially designed to improve the function of the lymphatic system. It uses a range of specialised, gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move the skin in the direction of the lymph flow thus stimulating the lymphatic vessels.
Manual lymphatic drainage helps to redirect and drain the excessive fluid from the congested area to the fully functioning healthy lymph nodes. Depending on the severity of the treatment,
MLD can…
·         Prevent lymphoedema deterioration
·         Decrease swelling
·         Improve mobility
·         Increase your comfort levels
·         Improve the way your oedema looks and feels
·         Prevent cellulites
 
“ Being diagnosed with Lymphoedema of my left arm, I went to the Lymph Clinic in Melton. After only a view sessions I noticed an improvement both in comfort and cosmetically. My arm felt lighter and less painful and my jacket did not appear as tight around the top of the arm. The treatment is comfortable and relaxing and much to my delight was not at all embarrassing! Once the condition has improved even more, I hope to continue with the massage on a monthly basis, it certainly has improved my quality of life.”   Jane, Ipswich
 
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a vital part of what is known as Complete Decongestion Therapy (CDT) / Complex Physical Therapy (CPT) which is the standard treatment for lymphoedema. It consists of four elements:
 
·         Compression (Bandages or garment)
·         Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
·         Exercise
·         Skin Care
 
Each session takes place in a relaxed and friendly environment, on a one-to-one basis. A session can last between 45 minutes and 2 hours, depending on your particular needs.
As a matter of course, I work in conjunction with your medical practitioner and/or your consultant. In this way, you will be sure of receiving the best care possible.
Very interesting. MLD was the most relaxing and helpful treatment I have received. I had more information and practical advice in two visits than I have had from anybody else. I wish I would have been told about this service before.” Wendy, Woodbridge (She has had Lipoedema and Lymphoedema for more than 30 years)
 
Something to think about:
·         Meticulous Skin Care is important, keep your arm moisturised
·         Avoid infection through cuts, scares, bites etc
·         Protect your arm during housework and gardening
·         Always wear your sleeve or use Kinesiotaping (especially during exercise)
·         Avoid heavy carrying, wearing heavy necklace or heavy coats
·         Exercise regularly ( Swimming, Pilates for Breast Cancer, Lebed, Nordic Walking etc)
·         Use daily self lymphatic drainage
 
Further information on lymphoedema can be found in the lymphoedema folder which contains articles from medical journals or you can contact Marion on 01394 46234001394 462340 or visit
          www.lymphoedema.org/lsn     www.lymphclinic.co.uk     www.marioncobbold.co.uk
Breast Foot Forward on 07786 99870407786 998704 or 07974 50284707974 502847, email: breastfootforward@yahoo.co.uk
 
Marion Cobbold is a fully qualified Lymphoedema (MLD & CDT) Specialist who trained at the Foeldi Lymphology Clinic in Germany. She is a Member of MLD(UK) and the British Lymphology Society (BLS). Marion can help, support and advise you on the management of lymphoedema with self management techniques, garment support, exercise etc. In addition, she is a fully trained Sports Massage Therapy specialising in injury prevention & rehabilitation / occupational aches & pains as well as a Nordic Walking Instructor.
Treatments can be supplementary to treatment you receive under the NHS or can be self funding or funded via your GP/Consultant and the PCT.
 
Marion Cobbold, Decoy Farm, Old Church Road, Melton/Woodbridge, IP13 6DH   Tel 01394 46234001394 462340