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Issue: November 2011


In This Issue:
Travelling Well
Massage Therapy for Treatment of Lymphedema after Breast Cancer Surgery
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Travelling Well

Dr. Shima Shahidy, (Hon) B.Sc., DC
Chiropractor, Acupuncture & Graston Technique Provider

dr shima shahidyAs the Holiday season approaches, many of you will be planning a vacation or family gathering. With the excitement of seeing loved ones or getting away from it all, there is also a lot of stress associated with travelling. Here are some tips for travelling safely and stress free:

1. Pack light! Think about what you REALLY need to have and what may be available to you at your destination. Imagine not having to lug around a heavy suitcase and you may be able to get away with only a carry on bag! Not only will you save yourself aches and pains but also the stress of fitting everything into your bags.

2. Dress comfortably! Depending on the length of your flight, you will want to be warm and comfortable. Wear clothing that lets you move around and change position. Bring warm socks so you can slip off your shoes.

3. During the flight, get up and move around. There is a risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (a blood clot in a vein) if you remain seated in an aircraft for a long period of time. Stretching your legs, pumping the ankles and walking are helpful in preventing this.

4. Eat light - airline food can contain high amounts of sodium. Minimize or avoid caffeine and alcohol as they are dehydrating. Try these simple steps for an easier and healthier travelling experience.

Above all, enjoy yourself and don't sweat the small stuff!


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Massage Therapy for Treatment of Lymphedema after Breast Cancer Surgery

Jacki Higenbottam, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

jacki higenbottam RMTWhat is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema occurs when the lymph nodes become damaged, and the lymph fluid collects in the arms or legs. This results in a myriad of problems for the affected limb. In breast cancer related lymphedema, it is typically the arm and/or hand closest to the breast cancer site which is affected. Women with lymphedema report a swelling, which worsens after time. They describe muscle aches, pains and a feeling of heaviness in the limb. Sometimes they cannot wear regular clothes, or use the limb normally. In extreme cases, clear fluid may leak from the skin, or the skin may feel like leather and look like the skin of an orange.

There are two breast cancer treatments which may result in lymphedema- surgery and radiation. Quite often, breast cancer surgery is accompanied by removal of some underarm lymph nodes. This is called axillary node dissection. In a radiation treatment, the lymph vessels, nodes and tissues in the underarm may be damaged, or scar tissue may form in the lymph collecting tubes and block the flow of lymph fluid. In both radiation and surgery, this damage in the underarm lymph area can result in a build-up of lymphatic fluid and swelling in the arm. One out of every four women who has breast cancer surgery will develop lymphedema, as will two out of every five women who have both surgery and radiation.

Treatment of Lymphedema

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a specialized massage technique originally developed by Emil Vodder, a Danish massage practitioner and doctor of philosophy. The techniques help clear edema by facilitating lymph flow through collaterals across watersheds and collecting ducts. Since pressure is very low in lymph vessels, lymph drainage techniques resort to very gentle stretches of the skin, superficial fascia, and the lymphatic vessels in the direction of lymph flow, followed by gentle release of the stretch. Superficial effleurage and superficial lymph drainage techniques are used to remove fluid and assist further drainage, and kneading strokes may be used to soften the hardened tissue.


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