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Lymphatic Care After Breast Surgery



“When a woman becomes her own best friend, life is easier.” — Diane Von Furstenberg

Our lymphatic system helps to fight diseases by filtering toxins and bacteria out of our body.  It also supports and empowers our immune system.

Maintaining a healthier immune system is very important for the body to resist infections, colds, flu, infectious diseases, and recurrence of breast cancer. Because our lymphatic system has been compromised as a result of surgery or radiation, our lymphatic system needs extra self-care and support throughout our lifetime for it to function at its best capacity.

Self-care of our lymphatic system includes:

  • gentle physical movement and exercise including therapeutic dance and water exercises
  • jumping on a mini trampoline two to three minutes once or twice a day
  • eating whole food diets rich in vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients
  • deep breathing exercises
  • guided meditations and visualizations

It is estimated that over three million women who have had lymph node removal during breast cancer surgery and/or radiation therapy may be susceptible to lymphedema. Lymphedema is a condition that is represented by mild and sometimes chronic swelling of tissues in the arm, trunk and sometimes leg.

Loss of energy, reduced physical mobility, pain, numbness, debilitating limb swelling, anxiety, feelings of isolation and sometimes even depression can result without appropriate attention. Patient education and self-care are key elements to reducing or eliminating the risks of lymphedema.

Joining dance classes, support groups, whole food cooking groups or raw food classes can be more than just therapeutic to help with the circulation and flow of energy through our body, but group gatherings are fun ways to get us back into the flow of life.
Through her internationally acclaimed Healthy Steps programs, Sherry Lebed Davis offers healing help for lymphedema through movement, dance and advice on thriving after a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Sherry’s programs are designed to be fun, yet beneficial to alleviate symptoms of lymphedema.
Seek professional guidance at the first sign of abnormal swelling of arms, trunk or legs. Lymphedema can begin slowly and many times becomes progressive. Professional advice may include the use of compression garments, manual drainage by skilled therapists, and lymphatic drainage exercises for your individual condition.