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Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle manual technique which helps restore the body's balance by effectively clearing toxins from the body, as well as helping to reduce fluid retention from a variety of causes ranging from PMT, oedema, lymphoedema, sinusitis, pre and post-surgery or injury. It is particularly effective in reducing lymphoedema post-cancer. 

Regular treatment can help to boost the immune system. MLD is tolerated well by patients who may find other forms of massage too painful. It is a slow, rhythmical treatment which makes it relaxing and therapeutic at the same time

Benefits of MLD

* Reduction in the size of limbs affected by lymphoedema and lipoedema
* Stimulation of the immune system
* Reduction in symptoms of sinusitis
* Reduction in fluid retention
* Assists in regulating hormonal imbalances in women
* Reduction in swelling and bruising post-surgery
* Reduction in pain
MLD is given to a partially undressed client and careful draping is always applied.

Self care videos post cancer treatment


Lisa will discuss various forms of both day and night time compression.

She uses either Cosmac in Artarmon or Garnet Medical in Drummoyne for off the shelf elastic day time compression.

For night time Lisa recommends either the Mobiderm Autofit garments or the Haddenham Comfiwave.

She recommends two companies who specialise in Sequential Intermittent Pneumatic Compression. Medi-Rent - who offer the LX9 or the Biocompression BioPants. And, OAPL who have the Lymphapress Device.

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Lisa trialling the Medi-Rent Biocompression BioPants

Low Level Laser

Lisa uses the LTU-904 Riancorp laser to help release scar tissue, fibrosis and in areas that are too sore to be touched.

The LTU-904 is an infrared laser operating at a wavelength of 904 nanometers (nm). The invisible wavelength penetrates deeply into tissue, where it is absorbed by cells and converted into energy that influences the course of metabolic processes.

Research has shown the following benefits:

This is the hand-held LTU 904 laser
The hand-held LTU 904 laser


Lisa also uses MLD to treat Lipoedema, a commonly misdiagnosed condition affecting up to 11% of the female population (exact figures are unknown).

Lipoedema mainly affects the legs but can affect the arms and abdomen as well.  It was thought to be just a painful fat syndrome but the latest research suggests it is also a connective tissue disease and often has multiple co-morbidities.

The skin in the affected limbs is soft and bruises easily and the lower body can be a disproportionate size to the upper, with a small waist.

 Changes to the limbs can be triggered by hormonal changes, ie, puberty, pregnancy or menopause or periods of extreme stress.  

A healthy, anti-inflammatory diet seems to help with the pain and inflammation levels though not with weight loss on the affected limbs.  

For more information go to Lipoedema Australia.

This photo was taken from the video of Lisa presenting a workshop on Conservative Treatment at the 2018 Lipoedema Australia Conference on the Gold Coast.
Lisa presenting a workshop on Conservative Treatment at the 3rd Lipoedema Australia Conference, held on the Gold Coast in 2018

Lisa teaches self-care techniques to help manage the condition and advises on compression and other maintenance tools.  She has made two videos talking about compression and self care available at a cost of $9.95. These videos cover most of the topics which are discussed at an Initial Consultation, contact Lisa if you would like to receive them as well as a link to the self-care video above.

To read more about what to expect in an Initial Consultation with Lisa please read her blog post here. She has written numerous blog posts about Lipoedema, including topics such as surgery, conservative care and getting a new diagnosis.

If you are not in Sydney and would like to discuss your Lipoedema, Lisa offers online appointments where she can discuss all aspects of Lipoedema treatment.

Lisa has a new programme for women with Lipoedema combining Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Medical Intuition - Love Your Lippy Legs.

60 minute Manual Lymphatic Sessions cost $115 and are eligible for HICAPS process. 90 minute sessions cost $145

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