Lymphedema is a condition that results in fluid retention within the lymph nodes and associated tissues caused by a compromised lymphatic system. The condition can become quite debilitating, painful and the affected tissues are at risk of infection. Although the condition can be inherited, it is most often caused by damage to the lymphatic system due to disease, injury, radiation treatments, or the effects of surgical procedures.
Effective treatment is essential to alleviating symptoms, and pain management is an important aspect in the success of rehabilitation programs. As a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Shira Siegal has the skills to implement the necessary treatment regimens recommended by physicians. Treatments include active exercise in the affected extremities followed by diaphragmatic breathing, manual compression lymphatic massage, and expert compression bandaging.