The Mayo Clinic explains Lymphedema as “ swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs. Sometimes both arms or both legs swell. Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. It results from a blockage in your lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup leads to swelling.”
There are several ways to treat lymphedema, what I want to focus on is Vacuum therapy. I like to find research based information on topics, however, this one has very little information. I have read a few articles that talk about it and clients that have praised how well it worked for them. I have of course used it on some people and I have seen it does what it claims it does.
Since lymphedema is a major concern for women who have had surgery to remove lymph nodes or even breast tissue, vacuum therapy would be a big help to their recovery and help keep the lymph flowing. In the process removing built up toxins in the tissue from any treatment, radiation, or medication that could be just sitting in the tissue. It helps heal scarring from any procedures that may have been done. I have had it help people with numbness and tingling in a limb that was next to the area treated;as well as a restricted range of motion from scarring. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C. So this is not a new fad it's been around and is just getting a make-over on new ways to do an old technique.
Keeping the lymph fluid moving is extremely important to the health of your body. If we let the toxins of our environment stay in our system and/or we let the fluid stagnant, that can then cause cancer and weaken our immune system making us more susceptible to viruses and other illnesses.