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More than 1 in 5 women who survive breast cancer will develop lymphedema which requires consistent, comprehensive treatment including manual lymph drainage, compression garments, therapeutic exercise, and skin care.
Surgical removal of lymph nodes, radiation, scarring, or injury can disturb lymph flow. Lymph tends to accumulate when the lymph vessels are unable to effectively transport fluid back into circulation. The result is swelling, potential tissue damage, and increased risk of infection.
The lymphatic system plays a significant role in immune function and circulation. Lymph vessels move fluids out of the tissues to lymph nodes which filter out bacteria, waste products, and cellular debris. The trapped material is broken down and excreted from the body, while the filtered fluid is recycled back into circulation.
Sixty minute lymphatic drainage, craniosacral, or bodywork treatment $75.
Laser Therapy is dose specific and cumulative. Frequency, duration, and strength of treatment are calculated for the most effective results. In the same way that prescription drugs are taken at prescribed intervals and strengths,Laser treatment gives beneficial results when the right dose is applied. A series of treatments is given over a period of 6 - 14 days. The total number of laser treatment sessions required depends on the severity and type of condition.
Series of 6 treatments $215-250.
I offer a sliding scale discount for lymphedema patients currently in treatment with me at Banner UMC Cancer Center and Arizona Oncology Foundation Northwest.
Cold Laser Therapy uses the effect of specific therapeutic wavelengths of light on the cells of the body. Therapeutic lasers emit visible coherent light in specific wavelengths. the element of coherence is an essential factor in lasers. LEDs are not true lasers as their light is not coherent.
Bundles of light energy pass through the skin and activate light receptors within the cells of the body. In injured musculoskeletal tissue, the light initiates increased microcirculation, reduced inflammation, and enhanced tissue regeneration leading to decreased pain, and increased ease of motion.
The laser can penetrate up to 4 inches into tissue to promote cellular regeneration at the source of injury, healing faster, and relieving pain without the side effects of injections or pharmaceuticals. Efficacy rates in excess of 90% are routinely achieved.
With two distinct types of laser diodes, the dual wavelength activates all three known cellular pathways:
Faster wound healing: laser stimulates fibroblast development and accelerates collagen synthesis in damaged tissue
Anti-inflammatory action: laser reduces swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of joints to provide enhanced joint mobility
Stimulated nerve function: laser speeds up the process of nerve cell reconnection so damaged nerve cells are brought back to life
Increased vascular activity: laser induces temporary vasodilation increasing blood flow to damaged areas
Reduced scar tissue formation: laser reduces the formation of fibrous tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns, radiation, or surgeries.
Laser energy helps to repair damaged cells by accelerating the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Depending on the severity of the injury, a patient may return to an active lifestyle pain-free within a few weeks or months versus years of life altering pain.
Bodywork treating the whole person - nerves, muscles, meridians, joints, connective tissue, organ and fluid systems, and the subtle breath of life which animates them - through craniosacral, acupressure, massage, lymphatic therapies, and awareness.
Integrative bodywork, Craniosacral Therapy, and Manual Lymph Drainage for Lymphedema Management are all 50-60 minute treatments. After your session, its a good idea to take it easy mentally and physically for at least an hour after your session. Take a walk. Write or draw. Enjoy looking at the clouds. Have a cup of tea. Nap. However you do it, rest deeply.