Lymphedema Treatment


Lymphedema is a chronic condition caused by the accumulation of lymph fluid, which causes swelling in parts of the body, commonly in the arms or legs. It often develops when lymph nodes or vessels are damaged or absent, impeded by the normal flow of lymph fluid. This can result in discomfort, a heavy feeling, and reduced mobility in the affected areas.


Common symptoms include noticeable swelling in limbs, a feeling of heaviness or tightness, restricted range of motion, and frequent infections. The skin may also feel thicker or harder in the areas affected by lymphedema.


Lymphedema is typically caused by damage to the lymphatic system. Such damage can result from cancer treatments that involve lymph node removal or radiation therapy. It can also occur due to infection, trauma, or significant injury that affects the lymph nodes or lymph vessels.

Risk Factors

  • Genetic predisposition to poor lymphatic drainage
  • Surgery involving lymph node removal
  • Radiation therapy targeting lymphatic regions
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Obesity, which can exacerbate the strain on the lymphatic system


  • Regular exercise to stimulate lymph flow
  • Maintaining a healthy diet to avoid obesity
  • Wearing compression garments as prescribed
  • Avoiding strenuous activities that overtax the lymphatic system
  • Regular check-ups to monitor lymphatic function


Atlas Physiotherapy offers hands-on therapies that can complement the recovery process for diagnosed lymphedema.

Hands-on therapy, such as manual lymph drainage and compression therapy, can alleviate lymphedema by promoting the flow of lymph fluid and reducing swelling in the affected areas.

Contact our team for more information on how we can help you get back to doing what you enjoy.