There are number of other tools that therapists use to support your treatment. Many can be purchased and used at home.
Lymph taping uses a cotton tape known as kinesiotape. The tape has a lot of uses, and when applied in a certain way can work to stretch the first layers of skin, opening up lymphatic vessels and encouraging fluid to drain along the line of the tape away from the swollen area. The tape can be worn for up to 7 days at a time, which means that any treatment will last longer than the treatment in clinic.
Sequential Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (SIPC) therapy uses a garment that is a bit like a blood pressure cuff with multiple chambers. The chambers fill in a sequence to apply pressure to the effected part of the body. The sequence of inflating and deflating chambers helps to promote blood and lymphatic flow. When used in conjunction with self MLD, compression pumps are a good tool to help manage lymphoedema, lipoedema, skin ulcers and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and can mean fewer sessions with your therapist. The units can be purchased or rented for home use, so work well for people who can't reach a therapist regularly.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), may also be known as photobiomodulation or cold laser. It uses a laser, with a wavelength of 904 nanometers. This wavelength is invisible and doesn't generate heat, but does penetrate more deeply into tissue than other lasers, including the visible red laser. The light is absorbed by the cells and the energy produced acts on the cells' metabolic processes.
The laser light penetrates into tissue where it is absorbed by cells and converted into energy that influences the course of metabolic processes.
Help to soften hardened fibroses
May promote nerve and lymph vessel regeneration
Almost immediate pain relief
Long term scar tissue remodelling
It is important to maintain a healthy body weight through healthy eating. Lymphoedema doesn't respond to cutting out protein from your diet, but does benefit from reduced salt intake.