Lymphoedema is seen by increased fluid accumulation or swelling in a part/s of the body. It can occur in many areas of the body- eg. the arm, leg, trunk or face. The build up of fluid occurs if the body’s lymphatic transport system has failed to meet the needs, commonly as a result of surgery (eg lymph node removal) or radiation therapy whilst having treatment for cancer.
Other reasons for having lymphoedema are congenital (meaning you are born with it), or may come after direct trauma or after a burns injury.
If a person has lymphoedema they have the increased fluid for longer than 3 months, and this can develop into a chronic condition that can only be managed not cured, which also has an increased risk of developing infections.
The National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre (NBOCC) review of research evidence on Secondary Lymphoedema states “conservative estimates suggest that 20% of breast, genitourinary, gynaecological, or melanoma survivors will experience secondary lymphoedema. Your risk is increased after lymph node surgery and radiation treatment.
We use a number of proven techniques and equipment to help detect, and speed up the movement of your lymphatic system.
Thorough History & Examination
Hands on Treatment
Appropriate rehab Exercises
Low Level Laser
SOZO- bioimpedance measurements
Scar management/cording and axillary webbing
Low Level Cold Laser Treatment
We use the latest technology in fluid detection, allowing identification of sub-clinical lymphoedema. The SOZO machine aids in determining whether early intervention is warranted, with the aim of reducing the likelihood of developing lymphoedema.
Lymphoedema therapy is a specialised field of physical therapy, which is aimed at the prevention and management of this condition. Complex lymphoedema therapy uses the principles of massage, skin care, exercise and compression to aim to reduce or control the swelling, improve the range of movement and prevent infection.
There is also a large focus on education and self massage and treatment.
Our practitioners are qualified lymphoedema therapists, who are specifically trained in identifying and treating lymphoedema.
We are also able to measure and fit for compression garments if necessary.
For more information on Lymphoedema please see – http://www.lymphoedema.org.au/
Georgina has been a registered Osteopath for over 17 years, currently owns and works at The Anglesea Osteopathic Clinic, and will be consulting as a lymphoedema Therapist from The Barwon Breast & melanoma Surgery- Conrad Brandt’s rooms- 115 McKillop St, Geelong and at The Anglesea Osteopathic Clinic.
Georgina combines her skills of manual therapy including soft tissue techniques, joint articulation and manipulation with her own personal cancer experiences. There aren’t too many therapists with first hand experience of what you’re going through.
She has also obtained qualifications in Pilates, Dry Needling, PINC- Cancer Rehabilitation and Lymphoedema Therapy through Alert Education/ Macquarie University.
Georgina is a Member of Osteopathy Australia & The Australasian Lymphology Association.