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Cancer along with its treatments can cause all kinds of different problems within the body. It can also promote several symptoms, which require immediate attention. One such issue with mesothelioma is lymphedema. When there is an excess of lymphatic fluid accumulated at the lymph nodes in the body, causing extreme swelling; it is recognized as lymphedema. Sometimes the radiation therapy damages the lymph nodes and the buildups change how the lymph fluid flows. To treat this horrid and painful condition, Lymph Drainage Therapy is of good help.

Lymphedema is a permanent condition with no cure. However, it can be managed with manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) therapy. This therapy was invented in the 1930s in Europe. It was initially used to detoxify the body, but later it was discovered that the therapy can improve the internal function of the lymphatic system. Doctors generally recommend an hour’s treatment for three to five days a week. If conducted after a surgery, then it can develop collateral lymphatic circulation and avoid lymphedema at first place.

It is generally done by certified massage therapists by creating gentle wave-like movements to assess how the fluid flows and then by stimulating the motions. You can also do the Simple Lymphatic Drainage (SLD) yourself, but you need a therapist to teach you how to do it yourself. The motions and the pressure vary with the patients. There are two different forms of this therapy; whole body massage and face massage. The whole body massage helps to reduce swelling and relieve pain both on the external and deep levels. In the face massage, the face, skull, neck and shoulder areas are massaged. It helps to stabilize mood and relieves from migraines and headaches. Generally, the skin is stretched in the direction and rhythm of the lymph fluid flow.

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How Does Lymph Drainage Therapy Help People with Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma patients can often experience lymphedema after the treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. MLD works to remove the infectious substances and strain waste, debris and toxins. It works with the blood circulation system to deliver all the nutrients and oxygen to body cells. It encourages lymph drainage, making it less painful, effective and beneficial. It reduces pain and swelling of the lymph nodes and aids insomnia, stress, and anxiety. People with migraine problems can also be benefited from this therapy. If done shortly after the surgery or radiation therapy, one can prevent lymphedema. Lymphedema cannot be cured, but with MLD it can be managed well.

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Expected Cost of Lymph Drainage Therapy

One must go to the certified massage therapists with the proper experience to handle issues like lymphedema. The cost of a single session of MLD depends on several factors like duration and combination of another therapy with it. On an average, it can cost you from $50 to $100 for an hour’s session. There are some additional costs, if you take a combination of therapies or prefer to have it in your home.

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Expected Cost of Lymph Drainage Therapy

Since this therapy includes very gentle strokes, it is likely to be safe. Frequent sessions of MLD help to prevent and reduce the painful situation. The MLD trained therapists to know how to take care of mesothelioma patient without causing any additional injury. However, MLD can cause Herxheimer Reaction that can last for utmost a few weeks. It includes temporary detoxification episodes like headaches, pain in the muscle or joints, nausea, sweating, sore throat. They mend themselves within a few days as your body restores. Generally, when anyone experiences these issues, they tend to discontinue. You need to maintain it if you want to feel better in long-run. If required, speak to your consulting doctor.

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Resources:

  • http://www.breastcancersupport.org/Manual_Lymph_Drainage.php
  • https://www.doylestownhealth.org/404?requested=%2fbody.cfm
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3886874/
  • http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/coping-with-cancer/coping-physically/lymphoedema/treating-lymphoedema/massage-mldfor-lymphoedema
Last Modified:Apr 14, 2017 @ 12:05 am

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