Lymphedema

Lymphedema

In a 2006 article, Kinesio Taping®& Lymphedema, in Advanced Healing Magazine, Kim Rock Stockheimer describes Lymphedema as the swelling that occurs when there is a permanent overload in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is made up of small lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes that collect and eliminate waste from the tissues of the body.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Lymphedema, but the effects of the disease can be significantly reduced and managed with therapy. Early detection and intervention can provide the most valuable approach to managing lymphedema.

Kinesio Taping ® is an elastic tape that can supplement the current treatment of acute or chronic edemas such as decongestive massage, manual lymphatic drainage, medical compressive bandaging, compressive garments, positional consideration, and/or exercise. The unique properties of Kinesio Tape® allow it to be able to structurally lift the skin and opening up superficial lymphatic pathways of the affected area. Kinesio Tape® also can provide a directional pull that guides the lymphatic fluid in the desired direction of drainage.

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Work Cited
Stockheimer, Kim Rock. (2006). Kinesio Taping® & Lymphedma: Applied Kinesio Taping for Lymphedema/Chronic Swelling of the Arm and/or Breast after a Mastectomy and Axilla Lymph Node Removal. Advanced Healing. Pp 22-23.