Modern Day Compression Garments

“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” Pablo Picasso Although my specialty is lymphedema therapy, my treatment philosophy has evolved to guide patients along a healing path so that each individual can actualize their health potential on multiple levels: certainly physical, but also emotional, spiritual, and energetic. That is I do not limit my view and interventions to...

Lymphedema Risk During Air Travel

If you have had lymph node surgery such as an axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) or sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) and/or radiation therapy as a part of your breast cancer treatment then you are at risk for breast cancer related lymphedema (BCRL). According to the National Cancer Institute, as many as 56% of women who undergo breast cancer surgery develop lymphedema within two years post-s...

Use of Hand Compression and Compression Sleeves in Lymphedema Management and Prevention

Controversy persists regarding the benefits of compression garments in preventing lymphedema. A key stumbling block is the possibility of triggering hand lymphedema when wearing a sleeve without a glove or gauntlet. Compression applied to the arm may reduce lymph flow from the hand. Even a normal lymphatic system works harder to drain lymph from the hand than other parts of the arm. This fact expl...