Lymphedema & Venous Therapy

Lymphedema Therapy

What is Lymphedema? Lymphedema is a condition characterized by swelling of the soft tissue of the limbs, or less often the trunk, caused by a buildup of lymph fluid, which occurs when there is an imbalance between lymph transport capacity and lymph load.

The Lymphatic System filters out waste products and helps our bodies maintain fluid balance so that we are neither dehydrated nor edematous.

Lymphedema therapy is instrumental in controlling the condition and easing its symptoms. Methods of Lymphedema therapy include manual lymph drainage performed by a trained therapist, exercise, weight loss, proper nutrition and skin care compression therapy.

Venous Insufficiency

Venous Insufficiency is caused by one or more deeper leg veins. Normally, valves in your veins keep blood flowing back towards the heart so it does not collect in one place. If the valves in varicose veins are either damaged or missing, this causes the veins to remain filled with blood, especially when you are standing.

Chronic venous insufficiency is a long term condition.

Symptoms include:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Dull aching or cramping in legs
  • Itching or tingling
  • Pain gets worse with standing, improves when legs are raised

The CircAid wrap (see photo to left) treats a broad range of circulatory disorders, including Venous Stasis Ulcers, edema, and varicose veins. It provides non-elastic, adjustable and thereby sustained compression. It is primarily used in preventing the recurrence of venous leg ulcers, and in the treatment of edema and other venous circulatory disorders. Clinically proven superior to elastic stockings and ace wraps, the CircAid wrap can be worn 24 hours a day.