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Activities for Daily Living

Lesson 7

Self Massage
Your therapists have been teaching you how to manage your condition with self-massage. Most people who have use of their hands and adequate flexibility can practice a simple from of MLD. The therapists have shown you the most important places to massage and the direction of movement. You also practice a little massage when you apply your lotion. You have been asked to demonstrate your self-massage skills to make sure you understand how to massage and which direction to push the fluid.

Deep Breathing
During sessions, the therapists asked you to take deep breaths. These deep breaths allow the diaphragm (your breathing muscle) to massage the thoracic lymph duct, the largest duct delivering fluid from the lower parts of your body. This increases the movement of lymphatic fluid and stimulates the immune system. When you take a slow deep breath with your hand on your belly, you should see your belly rise when you inhale and fall when you exhale. Deep, slow breathing should be a part of your home lymphedema management program by now. Practice deep breathing several times a day and whenever you feel stressed. Slow, deep breathing stimulates a relaxation response.

 

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