lymphatic massage San Diego
Lymphedema & Lipedema Treatments

Meet Your Practitioner

Linda-Anne Kahn

President Lymphatic Therapy Services of San Diego

Linda-Anne is an Internationally trained Beauty Therapist, Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Integrative Health Coach and Lymphedema Therapist.

She is also an Internationally Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist, Certified by the Dr. Vodder School in Austria, by the Dr. Foeldi School in Germany as well as the Dr. Casley-Smith school in Australia.

Linda-Anne is a member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA), CIDESCO International, National Lymphedema Network (NLN), National American Holistic Aromatherapists (NAHA), Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) and is past Vice President of NAVALT.

Also she is the Director and founder of Beauty Kliniek Aromatherapy Day Spa and Wellness Center, the most complete Health and Beauty center in Southern California.

She is also director of Lymphatic Therapy Services of San Diego. Please visit – https://lymphatictherapyservices.com/

Linda is also a frequent speaker and National and International Lymphedema and Lipedema conferences.

In addition she is is a co-author of “Nutrition Guide for Lymphedema and Lipedema.”

She specializes in the treatment of Lipedema and Dercums and is a regular speaker at the Fat Disorder Research Society (FDRS) conferences.  In addition Linda specializes in the treatment of Lyme disease.

Lymphatic Massage San Diego

Get the best treatment options for lymphedema, lipedema, & heavy legs at Beauty Kliniek offering Lymphatic Massage San Diego. 

Our lymphatic massage San Diego and Complex Decongestion Therapy are essential for treating the often misunderstood fat disorders.

Complex Decongestion Therapy 

Initial Consultation & Evaluation 60 minutes – $230

A comprehensive program with four different stages that help in reducing and controlling both primary and secondary lymphedema. Complex Decongestive Therapy consists of four steps. Given by a “Dr Vodder Certified” therapist. Above all it effectively will reduce, as well as control the symptoms of primary and secondary Lymphedema . In addition you will receive the support and care to effectively maintain your results. We offer Lymphatic Massage San Diego at beauty Kliniek.

Manual Lymph Drainage Massage

60/80 minutes – $150/$199

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gently rhythmical massage performed by a trained lymph therapist to detoxify and cleanse the connective tissue. This therapy flushes toxins in addiciton to help rid inflammatory wastes from the tissues. Furthermore it is also helpful for acne, injuries, and migraines. As a result it also helps with auto-immune diseases, sinusitis, arthritis, and of course pre and post-surgery.

A great assist with Lyme disease, general detoxification in additon to swelling. MLD is also very effective in the treatment of fat disorders like Lipedema and Dercum’s disease. We offer Lymphatic Massage San Diego at beauty Kliniek.

What is Lymphedema?

The swelling of a body part defines lymphedema. Most often associated with an extremity. Resulting from an accumulation of fluids in such proportion to be palpable as well as visible. Furthermore Lymphedema occurs when the lymph vascular system is not able to fullfill its normal function. In addition and generally speaking lymphedema occurs whenever lymphatic vessels are absent, in addition to being underdeveloped or obstructed.

Furthermore conditions most often cause embarrassment in addition to decreased mobility. In addition causing discomfort together with repeated episodes of infection, cellulitis and lymphangitis also become troublesome.

Subsequently this can lead to general depression and a general worsening of the patient’s life and health. Furthermore fungal infections can be very frequent and as a result these place a greater load on the lymphatics. Also severe cases are associated with thickening of the skin, hardening of the limb (fibrosis) in additon to leakage of lymph and as a result massive swelling (elephantiasis). We offer Lymphatic Massage San Diego at beauty Kliniek.

How Does Lymphedema Occur?

A stagnation of protein develops in the tissue. Furthermore this raises the colloid osmotic pressure and a protein rich edema arises. In addition there are more protein rich fluids in the tissue than can be transported and the proteins attract water by osmosis. The affected area becomes swollen, and as a result become enlarged and uncomfortable. Furthermore this swelling decreases oxygenation of the tissues, interferes with their normal functioning and as a result makes them heal more slowly than normal. In addition excess proteins also serves as a stimulus from chronic infection and can result in formation of excess fibrous tissue. Furthermore Lymphedema is a chronic and if left untreated, progressive condition. It can however, be brought under control by appropriate treatment and care.

Lymphedema may be due to a primary (congenital) cause or of a secondary cause (caused by a known condition), including removal of the lymph nodes or trauma.

Primary Lymphedema

Primary Lymphedema is that which has no known cause. Milroy’s disease is a familial (genetically caused) lymphedema which is present at birth. Subsequently Meige’s disease is similar, but appears no later than puberty.

Lymphedema Praecox is the most common form of primary lymphedema. This begins in adolescence. Usually it is predominantly females who suffer from this condition. Seventy five percent of primary lymphedema is praecox.

Lymphedema Tarda is identical to Lymphedema praecox but usually occurs after the patient is 35 years old. Both praecox and tarda usually involve just the legs.

The pathological mechanisms which cause primary lymphedema are an absence of lymphatics (aplasia), inadequate lymphatic drainage, too few lymphatics or too few nodes. We offer Lymphatic Massage San Diego

Secondary Lymphedema

Secondary lymphedema is an acquired condition resulting from loss or obstruction or previously normal lymphatic channels. Furthermore the most common cause of secondary lymphedema is due to removal of the lymph nodes. Radiation can interupt lymph pathways as can surgery, injury or blockage with parasites.

Trauma or radiation can tear a major lymph trunk or cause the production of excess fibrous tissue, and as a result can later constricts the lymph vessel.

Lymphedema may also occur as a result of a chronic venous disease, which always involves the large lymphatic vessels that run beside the veins.

Treatment Problems

Lymphedema patients are usually frustrated, as they clearly face a major problem and subsequently cannot find answers to reduce a swollen limb. Usually the most frequently given advice is to elevate the limb, wear an elastic sleeve or stocking, in additon avoiding salt and take diuretics. Furthermore we sometimes recommended sequential pumps and as a result while they may give some relief, usually the benefits are short lived.

Furthermore surgery has never solved the problems of Lymphedema, Dr. Vodder’s Combined Decongestive Therapy offers a practical and long lasting solution to the millions of lymphedema sufferers throughout the country. We offer lymphatic massage San Diego.

What is the Treatment of Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a serious condition, indicating that the lymph system is unable to handle the lymph load. After diagnosis treatment should begin as soon as possible.

The goal of treatment is to reduce swelling and as a result facilitate the flow of the lymph fluid to the venous circulation of the affected area.

The most effective approach used by therapists in many European countries specifically is Combined Decongestive Therapy; a four step process, usually carried out over a 4 week period.

Individual elements are Manual Lymph Drainage, compression therapy, remedial exercises as well as breathing techniques and excellent skin hygiene. Our patient visits the clinic 2- 3 times a week according to the recommendations of your therapist.

Lymphatic massage San Diego in particular helps to reduce swelling for lymphedema.

Lipedema / Lymphatic Massage San Diego 

Lipedema is a chronic disease of complex causes, many of which we understand little about.

These include hormonal imbalance. In addition to an inability to metabolize unwanted fluid from blood vessels so that those proteins and cells deposit as fat cells in the layer just under the skin.

Arterial Constriction

The blood vessels themselves are affected. Venous stasis and vasoconstriction occurs. At the subcutaneous level return is diminished. This causes arterial constriction. In addition this accounts for the cold and often pale skin not to mention an increased lymphatic load. Tissue channels become narrowed in particular until a secondary lymphedema occurs, overlying the original lipedema.

This may lead to a situation where the patient may be either wheel-chair bound or as a result bedridden. Furthermore weight gains can be up to or greater than 500 pounds. As a result at this stage infections and intractable ulcers occur. 

A Chronic Disease

Lipedema is sometimes called painful fat syndrome, it is a chronic disease that occurs in female patients. Mainly characterized by fatty tissue augmentation in the hip region as well as the upper and lower leg.

The rare cases of men with lipedema always seem to include a hormonal imbalance which should be treated if possible.

Often Misdiagnosed

Lipedema is often misdiagnosed as obesity in its earlier stages but the symptoms are clear and distinctly recognizable. In its later stages it can be difficult to distinguish from lymphedema. The overlying condition of lymphedema may occur in the later stages.

Lipedema can occur both in the legs as well as the buttocks. In addition it may also, but not necessarily occur in the arms. It does not involve either the feet or hands until the onset of lymphedema.

The mean age of diagnosis is approximately 35-36 years although it usually starts at puberty.

Symptoms of onset, however, can start in childhood, as well as being clinically detectable in adolescence.

Cellulite, which is a very mild form of lipedema, usually occurs towards or after menopause.

Lymphatic massage helps

Fat cells have a spherical shape and like any other cells contain fat deposits covered bycell membrane.

Groups of fat cells form lobes which are surrounded by fibrous tissue. Fatty tissue has an excellent blood supply but fat cell-associated lymph capillaries are not present. Lipedema is likely triggered by a large vessel disease with an increased fragility of the blood capillaries.

Capillary Permeability

The increased capillary permeability then leads to a protein-rich intercellular edema. In the following stages inflammation sets in leading to perivascular fibrosis. Prominent mast cell recruitment and other inflammatory effects eventually lead to interstitial fibrosis. Lymphatic massage San Diego helps reduce the pain and swelling of heavy legs.

Other Treatment Options Avalible as Well As Lymphatic Massage San Diego

Complex Decongestive Therapy

Massage Therapy: Patients receive Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) once or twice a day to remove excess fluid and protein. The MLD is performed to open lymphatics in the unaffected regions so these can help to drain the affected area. MLD stimulates the lymphangions to increase their activity, which results in a decompression and emptying of obstructed lymphatic channels.

Compression Therap: Bandaging of the affected limb follows each MLD session. This is a precise and accurate procedure using specific bandages and interfacing materials.

Remedial Exercises and Breathing: This promotes venous and lymphatic flow by activating the muscle and joint pumps.

Skin Care and Hygiene: Cleansing with antibacterial washes and neutral balanced pH lotions help to eliminate the possibility of repeated attacks.

What is Manual Lymph Drainage?

Developed in Europe in the 1930’s by Dr. Emil and Estrid Vodder.

Manual Lymph Drainage massage (MLD) is a safe, effective, yet gentle approach to cleansing the body’s tissues. Manual lymphatic massage drains excess fluid from the tissues and in addition has a detoxifying effect. It can benefit a healthy person as well as be applied to more than 60 different conditions.

 

Benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage

  1. Removes metabolic wastes, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules and foreign substances from the tissues.
  2. Alleviates pain by greatly reducing pain signals that are sent to the brain.
  3. Relaxes the sympathetic nervous system and relieving stress.
  4. Supports as well as enhances the actions of the immune system
  5. Helps the body to heal more quickly from injuries, surgical trauma, chronic conditions, and edema.

Indications for lymph massage:

Surgical
  • Post-Mastectomy Edema,
  • Post-Hysterectomy Edema
  • Varicose Veins
  • Knee Surgery
  • Post-Surgical Swelling
  • Pre-Surgery Preparation
  • Post-Surgery Recovery
  • Pre/post Cosmetic Surgery
  • Post-Amputation
  • Post-Vein Stripping
  • Lymphedema
Musculoskeletal
  • Strains/Strains
  • Muscle/Ligament tears
  • Fractures/Dislocations
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Neck Pain/Whiplash
  • Chronic Pain
Lymphatic
  • Dercums disease
  • Lymphedema – Primary and Secondary
  • Lipedema
  • Venous Insufficiency
Ear, Nose & Throat
  • Allergies
  • Hay Fever
  • Sinusitis
  • Tinnitus
  • Neuralgia, RSD
Neurological
  • Tension Headaches
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Stress Reduction
  • Meniere’s Disease
Dermatological
  • Acne/eczema
  • Leg ulcers
  • Burns/scars
Other
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Toxic Poisoning
  • Scleraderma
  • Mold
  • Lyme Disease
  • Ehlers Danslos Syndrome

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