Clients who have had all their axillary nodes removed as a result of a mastectomy can develop Lymphedema in that arm.
After-care for those individuals in the past has been as follows: manual lymphatic drainage, compression wrapping and the wearing of a compression sleeve 24/7 to keep the lymphatic fluid from pooling in the affected arm.
With Electro-Sound Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, the practitioner is able to reroute the lymph fluid in the affected arm by placing one of the probes on the anastomosis about 2” below the clavicle on the sagittal watershed in the center of the chest. This causes a draw of the lymphatic fluid to that area. Simultaneously, the other probe is set at a high intensity setting and is used to treat at two to three inch intervals, starting three inches down from the top of the arm, and slowly moving up the arm in a circular motion. This process is followed by doing five to seven sweeps up the arm with the probe towards the anastomosis. We repeat this process by slowly moving down the arm two to three inches at a time. When we reach the finger tips, we do full arm sweeps from the finger tips to the probe at the anastomosis for fifteen to twenty minutes.
After treatment, the patient will see immediate reduction of the swelling, and over a course of 10 to 12 sessions given once or twice a week, the lymphatic collectors of the patient with Stage One Lymphedema will reroute a new pathway and the patient’s arm will no longer swell. This rerouting precludes the wearing of a compression sleeve (except when traveling on an airplane) to keep the swelling down.
Rerouting patients with Stage Two to Four Lymphedema can take up to a year. Recommended follow-up maintenance after a patient’s arm has been rerouted would be one LDT treatment every four to six weeks.