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Manual Lymphatic Drainage for Acne

When Dr. Vodder first started treating the lymphatic system he was prompted by the observation of oily congested and acne prone skin in his patients seeking relief from head colds. Concluding that the blockages in the lymph pathways of the head and neck were the...

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Swimming for the Lymphatic System

It’s no secret that exercise is a phenomenal way to support lymphatic movement. An increase in heart rate causes the arteries to stimulate the lymphatic vessels running alongside them, while the pumping of skeletal muscles massages the lymphatic vessels, resulting in...

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March 6 is world Lymphedema Day and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share a little bit of information about the condition that affects about 1 million Canadians and approximately 140 million people worldwide. Lymphedema is characterized by chronic...

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Lymph Drainage for the Sinuses

The first time that I ever experienced a sinus infection I was completely blown away by just how painful it was! I had no clue what was happening or why, but it felt like I’d been punched right in the face. So. Much. Pressure. Ironically it happened while I was away...

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Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage

Manual Lymph Drainage was developed by Dr. Emil Vodder and his wife Estrid during the years 1932-1936 while the couple was working in a physical therapy institute in France. At that time, they noticed a correlation between their patients presenting with nose, throat,...

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Compression and Air Travel

It’s the last Friday before the holidays and one of the busiest days to fly all year, if you are travelling to visit loved ones this weekend I wish you safe and smooth travels! Today felt like a good time to touch on the use of compression for air travel. Seasoned...

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Gifting Time

A lot comes up for me this time of year, with the holidays just around the corner I find myself experiencing mixed emotions around giving and receiving gifts. For myself it is all too easy to get pulled in to a negative thought pattern surrounding the holidays and the...

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage for your Health

The lymphatic system really is the unsung hero of your circulatory system, it is responsible for maintaining tissue health by transporting approximately 4 litres of fluid per day! It plays a key role in so many important bodily functions; immune defense, removal of...

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Lymphatic Drainage After Breast Surgery

Breast surgery can be extremely impactful on one’s life and often involves making tough decisions about what is best for you and your body. The spectrum of individual situations and circumstances is never ending but regardless of where you find yourself, one thing...

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Massage and Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a pretty big buzz word these days, it seems to be popping up all over the place as a real fix for many of the things that ail us in our busy and often stressful lives.  So many people are constantly on the go and its hard for the mind not to stay in the...

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Massage & Wellness

A question I get asked all the time I whether I also provide "regular massage" ? YES! I have been a practicing massage therapist since 2007, I love treating the body and helping people to decompress. Not only is massage an effective way to treat muscular tension and...

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Lymphedema Prevention Tips

If you know that you are at risk of developing lymphedema, here is a list of helpful tips: Avoid injections and acupuncture needles in the affected limb Wear sunscreen! Especially on the affected area Wear Insect repellent! Take extra good care of any little nicks or...

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Am I at risk of developing lymphedema?

Have you had lymph nodes removed or received radiation therapy? If the answer is yes to either question, then you are at risk of developing lymphedema. Unfortunately, once the lymphatic system has been compromised there is an ongoing risk that does not decrease with...

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