Benefits of Yoga For Lymphedema Management

Benefits of Yoga For Lymphedema Mangement

Yoga Model Angela Strynkowski, E-RYT 500 Wearing LympheDiva’s Compression Garment

By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Yogic breathing and gentle yoga poses assist the body in circulating lymphatic fluid through its network of vessels. It is not uncommon for a woman to develop lymphedema after a mastectomy. Manual lymph drainage massage is a recommended technique for this swelling, along with compression bandages and other specialized treatments.

When the lymphatic system is at its optimum, it runs like a free flowing river. However, when the lymph nodes are removed or damaged, that same river experiences obstacles; it slows down and creates a build up or a damning up of fluids. This build up of fluid causes swelling and pain, and may increase the risk of infection. It may also cause a permanent disability.

Secondary lymphedema occurs as a result of a blockage or interruption that alters the flow of lymph through the lymphatic system. This blockage can develop from an infection, cancer, breast surgery, scar tissue formation, trauma, radiation or other cancer treatment.

Lymphedema Sleeve For YogaThe use of replacing axillary lymph nodes along with breast reconstruction with micro-surgical techniques have shown to improved the symptoms of lymphedema. To keep this fluid flowing, we need to foster relaxation with gentle yoga movements.

Practicing yoga, especially Breast Cancer Yoga will target the soft tissue areas with flowing movements and keep the lymphatic fluid moving throughout the channels rather than slowing down and creating a back up. On going yoga poses and breathing exercises will help keep the chest tissue from shrinking and promotes the healing. It is recognized in cancer treatment that the “milking out” of lymph fluid build up is imperative for the patients health both physically, and emotionally. In a flowing yoga practice this “milking out” can occur.

Lymphedema is not reversible but managed. The need to develop a deeper state of relaxation to counter mind and body stress is so important to our health, well-being and recovery.

To experience the benefits of yoga for breast cancer, it is essential that you begin with simple, gentle yoga movements. You should also consult a doctor before you begin practicing yoga. It is also necessary that you follow a yogic diet that consists of a mainly vegetarian diet to enhance the benefits of yoga.

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross:  E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at if you have questions.

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