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 –

Leg lymphoedema –

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

How to do Self-Massage – Lower Body

Arm exercises – Cancer Research UK:

Leg exercises – (Cancer Research UK):

See also our earlier nurses’ blog on lymphoedema for more information – 

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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