Lymphatic Care After Breast Surgery

| February 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



“When a woman becomes her own best friend, life is eas­ier.” — Diane Von Furstenberg

Our lym­phatic sys­tem helps to fight dis­eases by fil­ter­ing tox­ins and bac­te­ria out of our body.  It also sup­ports and empow­ers our immune system.

Main­tain­ing a health­ier immune sys­tem is very impor­tant for the body to resist infec­tions, colds, flu, infec­tious dis­eases, and recur­rence of breast can­cer. Because our lym­phatic sys­tem has been com­pro­mised as a result of surgery or radi­a­tion, our lym­phatic sys­tem needs extra self-care and sup­port through­out our life­time for it to func­tion at its best capacity.

Self-care of our lym­phatic sys­tem includes:

  • gen­tle phys­i­cal move­ment and exer­cise includ­ing ther­a­peu­tic dance and water exercises
  • jump­ing on a mini tram­po­line two to three min­utes once or twice a day
  • eat­ing whole food diets rich in vit­a­mins, antiox­i­dants and anti-inflammatory ingredients
  • deep breath­ing exercises
  • guided med­i­ta­tions and visualizations

It is esti­mated that over three mil­lion women who have had lymph node removal dur­ing breast can­cer surgery and/or radi­a­tion ther­apy may be sus­cep­ti­ble to lym­phedema. Lym­phedema is a con­di­tion that is rep­re­sented by mild and some­times chronic swelling of tis­sues in the arm, trunk and some­times leg.

Loss of energy, reduced phys­i­cal mobil­ity, pain, numb­ness, debil­i­tat­ing limb swelling, anx­i­ety, feel­ings of iso­la­tion and some­times even depres­sion can result with­out appro­pri­ate atten­tion. Patient edu­ca­tion and self-care are key ele­ments to reduc­ing or elim­i­nat­ing the risks of lymphedema.

Join­ing dance classes, sup­port groups, whole food cook­ing groups or raw food classes can be more than just ther­a­peu­tic to help with the cir­cu­la­tion and flow of energy through our body, but group gath­er­ings are fun ways to get us back into the flow of life.
Through her inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed Healthy Steps pro­grams, Sherry Lebed Davis offers heal­ing help for lym­phedema through move­ment, dance and advice on thriv­ing after a diag­no­sis of breast cancer.

Sherry’s pro­grams are designed to be fun, yet ben­e­fi­cial to alle­vi­ate symp­toms of lymphedema.
Seek pro­fes­sional guid­ance at the first sign of abnor­mal swelling of arms, trunk or legs. Lym­phedema can begin slowly and many times becomes pro­gres­sive. Pro­fes­sional advice may include the use of com­pres­sion gar­ments, man­ual drainage by skilled ther­a­pists, and lym­phatic drainage exer­cises for your indi­vid­ual condition.


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