Lymphedema is commonly a complication of cancer treatment.

Lymphedema is commonly a complication of cancer treatment.

Lymphoedema EXPLAINED

Lymphoedema is a condition that results from the impaired flow of the Lymphatic system.

The Lymphatic system is a network of vessels that run throughout the body removing any waste products, lipids and proteins from the tissues. Lymph fluid is carried to Lymphnodes where it is filtered and returned the bloodstream.

Lymph nodes contain infection fighting cells called Lymphocytes. When Lymph vessels are blocked and Lymph nodes are damaged or removed the surrounding tissue becomes swollen with Lymph fluid and Lymphoedema is the result.

There are two types of Lymphoedema:

  1. Primary- this is present from birth and is a result of the Lymphatic system not developing properly. This is an extremely rare condition that is hereditary and more prevalent in females. It can occur at any stage in life.

  2. Secondary- this is caused by damage to or obstruction of a normally functioning lymphatic system. it is a common side effect of surgery and radiation treatment for cancer.

Multi Layered Compression Bandaging is an integral part of CDT

Multi Layered Compression Bandaging is an integral part of CDT

Lymphoedema TreatmentS

Each client has a consultation with our specialized Lymphoedema therapist. There is no “one size fits all” treatment for Lymphoedema, so each individual will receive their own treatment plan.

Please note: Treatment may only commence with the approval of the attending Consultant or General Practitioner.

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) Treatments offered will include:-

  1. MLD therapy

    This is a highly specialized gentle massage technique which removes excess fluid from the swollen tissue. The techniques can be modified and combined to address specific areas of the body.

  2. Compression Bandaging

    Multi-Layered Bandaging follows MLD treatment. The precise compression of this bandaging system prevents fluid from re-accumulating in the effected limb. It also enhances muscle and joint pump to help venous and Lymphatic return.

  3. Exercise

    Gentle exercise is an integral part of the CDT process. Unlike blood circulation, the Lymphatic System has no central pump, the heart, to move fluid to the lymph glands. Exercising, with bandaging in place, increases the effectiveness of the treatment. Bandages not only counterbalance elastic insufficiency but increase tissue pressure. Bandaging in combination with movement softens fibrosis and pitting oedema. The combination of compression bandaging and exercise encourages the fluid to move out of the effected limb

  4. Skin care

    Skin Care is a really important aspect of CDT, 70% of Cellulitis cases are caused by simple injuries like cuts, insect bites, blisters and radiation ulcers. Meticulous hygiene is recommended to prevent bacterial or fungal infections. As a Lymphoedamatus limb has impaired immunity, small breaks in the skin can result in serious infections. Daily skin cleansing with anti bacterial washes help minimize risk of infections.

Fiona Crilly-Mitchel • Registered Lymphoedema Therapist

Fiona Crilly-Mitchel • Registered Lymphoedema Therapist

Lymphoedema Therapist

Practice founder Fiona Crilly-Mitchel is a Dublin based Lymphoedema Specialist.

Her interest in Healthcare began at Jervis Street Hospital, where she studied Nursing. Although she choose not to pursue a career in nursing, the foundations, and skill set she acquired became invaluable for her growing desire to help people.

This particular interest, combined with her goal to specialise in Lymphoedema Therapy, brought Fiona to the world renowned Foeldi Clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany.

Fiona practices the Vodder Technique and studied under the tutelage of Professor Etelka Földi, one of the world’s leading professors in this field. Fiona has also studied with Gunther Kloss and Hildegard Wittlinger.

She is a full member of MLD Ireland, the Manual Lymph Drainage association for all fully trained Lymphoedema specialists in Ireland. Fiona will continue her professional training to ensure the highest standards are maintained.