Friday, April 12, 2013

ALS and Lymphedema, Leg Swelling and Lymphatic Drainage - Ways to Manage the Progression of Swollen Legs and Limbs

Recently I had the honor of beginning a lymphatic drainage protocol on an individual with an early onset of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) related Lymphedema in his legs.

ALS is a restrictive and progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. As the nerves are impacted so are the muscles and ultimately the movement and flow of lymphatic fluid.

The lack of a natural pumping mechanism (ie muscle movement) impacts the lymphatic system as the lack of mobility creates fluid pooling in the limbs - particularly the legs.

Many ALS patients end up utilizing mobile chairs and other devices that help them stay mobile, but the downside is a lack of mobility that leads to often weight gain and edema and swelling of the legs, torso and feet.

One of the therapies that then becomes crucial to implement is a treatment protocol that will move the lymphatic fluid and decongest excess proteins that are building up within the legs and extremities. When these excess proteins build up they create fibrous tissue that becomes hard and decreases circulation and overall join flexibility.

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy can be performed on an individual while they are in a wheel chair.

If you or a loved one suffers from ALS, please feel free to give us a call (727-502-3464) and we can describe a little bit more about this amazing therapy. 

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