WHAT IS LYMPHOEDEMA?
Lymphoedema is thought to affect more than 200,000 people in the UK.
It is a long-term (chronic) condition that causes swelling in the body's tissues. It can affect any part of the body, but usually develops in the arms or legs.
The lymphatic system is a network of channels and glands throughout the body that helps fight infection and remove excess fluid.
Lymphoedema develops when the lymphatic system doesn't work properly.
It's important that lymphoedema is identified and treated as soon as possible. If it isn't treated, it can get worse.
There is no cure for lymphoedema, but it is possible to control the main symptoms using techniques to minimise fluid build-up and stimulate the flow of fluid through the lymphatic system.
Different types of treatment such as compression bandages and taping, skin care, exercises and specialised massage techniques – known as Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) - can be used to bring lymphoedema under control.
THE CLINIC IN CHEDDAR
Cheddar Movement Clinic is well located within the main GP surgery which serves Cheddar and its surrounding villages.
However due to the current coronavirus outbreak the clinic has now been closed.
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