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Quality of Life (QOL) and lymphoedema

Quality of Life (QOL) and lymphoedema

As health practitioners we can add to the Quality of Life (QoL) of our patients firstly by asking the right questions, secondly by listening and thirdly, by intervening with the patient’s wishes foremost in our minds.

Nutrition and Lymphoedema

Nutrition and Lymphoedema

 As a lymphoedema therapist I am often asked by patients “What about diet?”  “Should I change my diet?” The first response I have is “Well, let’s talk about your nutrition then”. Immediately, I take the focus away from the word diet, which often has a negative connotation and replace it with the word nutrition.

Exercise, Oedema, Breathing and Bandage

Exercise, Oedema, Breathing and Bandage

We know from research that exercise helps lymph move through the lymphatic system. Exercise makes the muscles contract and pushes lymph through the lymph vessels

Sympathy, empathy and compassion: Patients can tell the difference – Can you?

Sympathy, empathy and compassion: Patients can tell the difference – Can you?

53 palliative care patients, it was discovered that patients could not only delineate between the aforementioned care constructs, but were also clear on their preference for compassion.

Looking good in a compression sock? Yes it can happen!

Looking good in a compression sock? Yes it can happen!

When most people think of a compression sock, a thick, dowdy, difficult to wear garment often comes to mind. Encouraging patients to wear compression can at times be one of the more difficult tasks of the practitioner’s day. Often I have patients say to me “Compression socks, I think my Grandma wears those