Robert Manfredini, D.N - Doctor of Naprapathy
Naprapathic & Wellness
1.847.533.7404
Lymphedema Care
Gentle, effective technique to help you manage your condition!
 
What is Lymphedema?
  • Edema is the accumulation of an excessive amount of fluid in tissues or organs resulting in swelling.
  • Lymphedema is the retention of lymph fluid in the skin and subcutaneous tissue.
Manual Lymph Drainage?
  •  A special form of massage that literally pushes excess lymph fluid from swollen tissue to the circulatory system.
  •  A full body treatment can take up to 2½-  hours to perform.
  • Used in Europe for anti-aging as well as edema control.

Did you know…

  •  Blood pressure should never be performed on affected extremity.
  •  Injections or blood draws should never be performed on affected extremity.
  •  Heat should never be applied to affected extremity
 
Lymphedema Risk Factors:
  •  A special form of massage that literally pushes excess lymph fluid from swollen tissue to the circulatory Lymphedema Risk Factors:
  • Breast cancer surgery;
  • Cancer radiation therapy;
  • Cancer of the lymph nodes;  
  • Infection;
  • Chronic venous insufficiency (there is controversy concerning this risk factor); and
  • Filiarisis (a parasitic infection transmitted to humans by mosquito bites). 

How to Manage Lymphedema: 

  • Daily Diet – eat right to optimize lymph-fluid flow throughout the body.  If your lymphedema is managed;
  • Daily Self-Massage to control fluid gain.  If your lymphedema is not managed well or you just can’t keep up with self-massage then
  • Manual Lymph Drainage will bring your condition under control. 
 
Breathe Skill = Cleaner Lymphatics
How you breathe can influence how your lymphatics function. Here are two styles of breathing that will help you function better:
 
Diaphragmatic Breathing:
  1. Stand, lie, or sit comfortably.
  2. Place hand or hand about 2-inches below your belly button
  3. Inhale through the nose and feel the muscle under your hand expand.
  4. Exhale through the mouth and feel the abdomen pull-in toward the spine.
  5. Repeat for 10-30 repetitions - stop if you begin to feel dizzy or light-headed.

Call 1.847.533.7404 to schedule your lymphatic massage today!

Dr. Manfredini, D.N. believes in using "the least for the most;" meaning he gently and effectively nudges the body toward better function by removing bad muscular/tendon, skeletal/ligament patterns. 

A vast majority of patients only require 1-3 visits for negation of most pain; some patients with arthritis/disease/advanced joint damage due to inury or illness may not experience negation and may only experience a reduction to tolerable levels of pain.