Self Care--All things MLD
Edited since LE diagnosis confirmed...
I have seen a LANA-certified PT and gotten my fist full of handouts, plus advised to buy a low-compression sleeve "just in case." I had an hour of hands-on instruction for self Manual Lymph Drainage but I still feel like somehow I'm not doing it right.
I get more confused by the hundreds of instructional youtube videos; some of those people obviously don't have a clue but are allowed to post questionable information. I try to focus on the videos posted by large medical facilities (MD Anderson, Mayo, etc.) but even those can vary widely in technique. How critical is the technique??
Can anyone comment on the varying massage methods, such as "strokes" or "small circles"? I see the Joann Rovig videos where she uses a longer "stroking" motion, sliding across the skin... but many of the videos such as MD Anderson say "don't slide the hand across the skin!" So confusing.
For some reason, I have the most difficulty with the supraclavicular nodes at the base of my neck; I just can't seem to "get it." Should I be stretching that skin, stroking, or WHAT? I also have trouble with the inguinal (groin) nodes and that "scooping" motion. I wonder if the Lebed Method of simply standing and lifting one leg bent at the knee and putting it back down is sufficient to clear those??
I will appreciate anyone's input and I'd love to hear your personal "technique." Any videos or images of correct techniques will be appreciated.