Being in front of an audience of health professionals, with special interest in breast cancer , I think I have an excellent opportunity to give answers to three questions on the Lymphedema which have the potential to affect the patients' quality of life.
1st QUESTION: Is there a cure for Lymphedema ?
YES THERE IS!
Although Lymphedema is a chronic problem, with the appropriate therapeutic approach by qualified Physiotherapist, it can be effectively confronted, thus giving the opportunity to the patient to lead a normal life.
2nd QUESTION: When should I start the therapeutic rehabilitation program for lymphoedema ?
During a study with my team in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the applicable treatment program for lymphoedema , we came up with interesting findings. According to those findings, patients are in danger of
developing Lymphedema mainly during the first 3 years after the surgery , and then there is a risk but to a lesser extent. The obese women aged from 50 years and over increase the risk for developing secondary Lymphedema . Although the effectiveness of the treatment is clearly higher in Stage I, it is impressive that 93.3 % of patients came for treatment when they were in Stage II . In a related question they were asked, they replied that they did not come earlier for treatment because no one suggested it to them. They had not been informed of what caused the swelling, nor what they should do next . We strongly believe that this is just one of the major problems that needs to be managed by all of us who deal with the Oncology Rehabilitation.
3rd QUESTION: What is the appropriate treatment for lymphedema ?
In the video below you will have the opportunity to see the basic principles of the treatment for lymphoedema, in order to realize the true necessities of the patients, according to their specific needs.
We consider our patient as a whole with a psychosomatic dimension, which is characterized with a harmonious functionality. Health, which is the target and its' ' conquest ' which is of the most important goal in life, is achieved when all parts of the body are free and work in harmony with one another, whether that relates to the functioning of a cell, or in operation the most complex system in the body. The disturbance of this harmony is responsible for many pathological and painful situations.
Pain is the sensation of risk perceived by the brain - taking into account past experiences of the individual - for damage or potential tissue damage (such as muscles, ligaments, joints , nerves , etc. ) . As well as many of the injuries that we experience in our lifetime , whether they are purely emotional , or have important emotional background , or cause emotional reactions .
T.E.I. Thessaloniki – Physiotherapy degree grade “VERY GOOD” (7-7-1982)
From 01/08/1983, till 30 - 9 - 84 401 GSNA,
POSITION: Second Lieutenants Healthcare, ICU Physiotherapist
Head of Physiotherapy department at the "Agios Savvas" Hospital.
Founder and Director of the prototype Center for Functional Rehabilitation "PHYSIO release".
It is a gentle yet powerful hands on therapy that supports the body’s natural tendency to find health and optimum balance. It is based on a number of findings that were highlighted by osteopaths more than 100 years ago. These findings show that, in health, all living tissues express a subtle rhythmic motion which has been called Primary Respiration. This motion is palpable to the hands of a trained therapist.
Exercise prescription for chronic back or neck pain: Who prescribes it? who gets it? What is prescribed?
Janet K. Freburger 1 *, Timothy S. Carey 1, George M. Holmes 1, Andrea S. Wallace 2, Liana D. Castel 3, Jane D. Darter 1, Anne M. Jackman 1
1The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
3Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
October 24, 2008 — A program of manual physical therapy and exercise was statistically significantly better in improving mechanical neck pain and disability than a program combining advice, mobility exercise, and ultrasound, according to the results of a randomized controlled trial reported in the October 15 issue of Spine.
Dr. John Upledger is an Osteopathic Physician, Clinical Reseacher and developer of two innovative forms of bodywork, CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release. He is a respected educator and author of the excellent and informative book Your Inner Physician and You. Dennis Hughes: For our readers that are unfamiliar with your work, can you give an introductory description of CranioSacral Therapy?
BACKGROUND: Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a common problem among adolescents and young adults, characterised by retropatellar pain (behind the kneecap) or peripatellar pain (around the kneecap) when ascending or descending stairs, squatting or sitting with flexed knees. Etiology, structures causing the pain and treatment methods are all debated in literature, but consensus has not been reached so far. Exercise therapy to strengthen the quadriceps is often prescribed, though its efficacy is still debated.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) results from the entrapment of the median nerve at the wrist. It is the most common entrapment syndrome causing frequent disability especially to working populations. Aside from the surgical release approach there are other non-invasive therapeutic methods for the treatment of CTS. This paper will review the evidence regarding neurodynamic testing and neuromobilization of the median nerve as a treatment approach to CTS.
Listening to music could help substantially ease the pain of osteoarthritis, say researchers. Scientists in Florida found just a 20-minute session once a day was enough for patients to report a two-thirds reduction in pain levels. The researchers believe music could also help people with other chronic conditions. The research, published in the Journal for Advanced Nursing, was based on tests on 68 elderly patients.