Lymphoedema is a particular type of persistent swelling that is caused by a dysfunction in the lymphatic system. It is mostly found in the arms and the legs, but could be anywhere in the body. If you think you have lymphoedema please consult your doctor, or a therapist specially trained in the treatment of lymphoedema.
Although most lymphoedemas are not curable, there is effective treatment now available to reduce the swelling and keep it under control. The treatment is tailored to each person’s needs and lymphoedema. Most commonly treatment includes manual lymphatic drainage, compression, exercise and skin care, along with a home management programme.
Find a therapist
It is important that you select a therapist specially qualified to treat lymphoedema. Locate the qualified therapist nearest you by visiting our “Find a therapist” page.
The lymphatic system forms part of your immune system helping to defend your body against infection at a local level, but just as importantly it assists in maintaining the balance of fluids in your body, while also draining waste products from your tissues.
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