Not all therapists are Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) practitioners using the very effective Dr. Vodder Method, but we can still bring about an element of ease to our clients suffering from Lymphoedema.
In my ‘Time for You’ massage practice, I treated an 86 year old woman for many years – she was well into her 90’s when she passed away recently.
She had suffered a DVT aged 33 after the birth of her son and developed lymphoedema as a result, in both legs. Since then, she faithfully wore compression stockings, winter and summer. For the purpose of this blog we will call my client, Dolores.
When Dolores first came for massage she appeared to be unaware of the state of her legs – she had simply become used to the swelling. They were very, very swollen and on close observation the epidermis had an inflamed, red and mottled appearance. The skin was extremely taut with little or no “give” - decades later the soft tissue was no longer soft - to say the least!
Otherwise her health was good for her age – requiring medication only for macular degeneration in her eyes. Overweight certainly, but very active in the community, lived independently and had a great social life! Her mobility was somewhat compromised with arthritic inflammation in both knees but, thankfully, she was not in pain “except for the odd twinge now and then” as she would regularly tell me.
Dolores came for a full-body massage every two weeks. I spent a lot of time on her lower legs, using Pure Pro’s Hypoallergenic Lotion, with gentle upward strokes as her skin was so sensitive and tender to touch. Between treatments, Dolores massaged both legs herself every night (classic self-care which is great to see in someone her age). She brought her bottle back for a refill every other visit!
Within a few weeks of starting this regime, Dolores’ right leg showed signs of improvement, but her left leg “the bad one” stubbornly refused to budge. However, within a few months, I was surprised and delighted to see such an amazing change in this leg. While the oedema was still present, the degree of improvement in skin tone, texture, softness and colour was nothing short of staggering. The tissue was soft and almost pliable and continued to improve.
After 53 years I attribute this amazing change to the very regular use of Hypoallergenic Lotion, which was developed specifically for sensitive, older and delicate skin. It is also pH-balanced and unscented, fortified with aloe vera gel, apricot kernel oil and golden jojoba oil.
This lotion comes in a handy 240ml size with pump attachment, or the larger 1.9 litre size. To order go to https://www.purepro.ie/lotions or PM me for samples to try this amazing lotion for yourself.
For more information on lymphoedma, check out www.mld.ie
Mary - here to help you, help your clients.