October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT It’s here again. You can see pink on everything, ribbons, coffee cups, even football players. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the developed world. Over the years a concerted effort has been made to raise awareness for early …

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March 6th is Lymphedema Awareness Day!

Victoria LaManna PT, DPT, CLT March 6th is Lymphedema Awareness Day! The lymph system carries the body’s waste products, dead pathogens, and water. Eventually these substances are cleared by the body. Problems can occur if the lymph system gets blocked and cannot clear these substances. Problems with the lymphatic system can cause swelling in affected …

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Lymph Drainage Therapy for Breast Health at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy

Victoria LaManna, PT, DPT, CLT As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, we at Beyond Basics are working hard to help spread the word on the importance of regular self-examination and early detection. For further review, please see our blog post from earlier this month. In addition to regular self-examination, regular breast massage …

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Beyond Basics’s Pro-Bono Clinic for PT Day of Service!

Victoria LaManna, DPT October is around the corner! And a busy month for many. Whether you are getting back into the swing of school or work after summer vacation, preparing your Halloween costume or getting ready for all the upcoming holidays right around the corner – there is a lot going on! This time of …

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Beyond Basics’, Victoria LaManna Receives Lymphatic Drainage Therapy Certification

Victoria La Manna, PT, DPT, CLT of New York, NY successfully completed Norton’s School of Lymphatic Therapy’s Lymphedema Certification Program. The certification signifies advanced skill in the application of complete decongestive therapy (CDT) in the treatment of lymphedema. Lymphedema is the abnormal accumulation of protein rich fluid due to a disorder of the lymphatic vessel …

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Know Your Nodes, Part IV

By Riva Preil So, how does physical therapy help treat lymphedema?  Great question, I am glad you asked.  The gold standard of care to treat lymphedema is COMPLETE DECONGESTIVE THERAPY (CDT).  CDT consists of four components: Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Compression Exercises Skin Care MLD was pioneered by Dr. Emil Vodder in the early 1900s, …

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Know Your Nodes, Part III

By Riva Preil Background complete- you have made it through the anatomy, good job!  Time to discuss the PATHOPHYSIOLOGY.  Unfortunately, things don’t always run as smoothly and perfectly as we just described, and dysfunction of the lymphatic system can result in LYMPHEDEMA.  Lymphedema (LE) is swelling of the upper or lower extremities due to impairment …

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Know Your Nodes, Part II

By Riva Preil Approximately 10% of water that exits the capillaries and enters the interstitial space at the arterial end of the capillary does NOT return at the venous end due to pressure related factors (refer to Starling’s Equation for more details).  This “extra” water (referred to as the lymphatic load) enters the lymphatic system …

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Know Your Nodes, Part I

By Riva Preil Can you believe that Labor Day has come and gone?  Yes, dear readers, summer is officially over.  But boy, was it an amazing and memorable summer! Believe it or not, when asked about the highlight of my summer, I unequivocally and enthusiastically respond that it was my lymphedema certification course.  (#PTnerd.  And …

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Node Knowledge

By Riva Preil Breast cancer awareness is sweeping the nation this October!  In honor of the many inspirational survivors who have undergone mastectomies, I have decided to blog about rehabilitation post mastectomy.  In western societies, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed tumor amongst women.  In fact, 27% of tumors diagnosed amongst females are breast …

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