Naena Chhima, Cancer Information Nurse and Lymphoedema Therapist.

Managing lymphoedema in lockdown can be difficult, especially if you are used to going to a lymphoedema therapist regularly to help manage the swelling.

Self-massage and exercise at home

Follow this link to You Tube videos from the Australasian Lymphology Association to help you do a self-massage routine at home, or you may have a family member who is able to do this for you.

Arm lymphoedema – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB79z1rQKA4&t=12s

Leg lymphoedema – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKIkImKbOmU

These links to guides on self-massage and exercises to reduce lymphoedema from the  University Health Network (UHN) in Canada and Cancer Research UK may also be helpful:

How to do Self-Massage – Upper Body https://www.uhn.ca/PatientsFamilies/Health_Information/Health_Topics/Documents/How_to_Do_Self_Lymphatic_Massage_Upper_Body_One_Side.pdf

How to do Self-Massage – Lower Body https://www.uhn.ca/PatientsFamilies/Health_Information/Health_Topics/Documents/How_to_Do_Self_Lymphatic_Massage_Lower_Body.pdf

Arm exercises – Cancer Research UK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcQB6pZmdN0

Leg exercises – (Cancer Research UK): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PKkdyBRu1k

See also our earlier nurses’ blog on lymphoedema for more information – https://www.cancerchatnz.org.nz/self-management-lymphoedema/ 

and the Cancer Society’s information sheets:

 

In summary, lymphoedema is best managed with:

  • Exercise
  • Lymphoedema massage techniques
  • Daily skin care to avoid dry skin
  • Compression garments.

Please contact us on 0800 226 237 for further information and support.

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