Throughout March, the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) will be highlighting the plight of around 300,000 Australians living with Lymphoedema.
For Bodywork Massage and Wellness founder, Karen Robertson, Lymphoedema Awareness Month offers an important platform to gain community support and create change. Karen said in SA there is a lack of both public lymphoedema services and a garment subsidy for people living with the condition.
Lymphoedema is a chronic lymphatic disease, which causes disfigured swelling in one or more parts of the body. It can't be cured, but can be managed with appropriate intervention.
During March, Karen and her team will be offering a free 30-minute session on the LX9 sequential intermittent pneumatic compression pump (SIPC). The therapy applies external pressure to the limbs to promote the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid.
"In the Goolwa clinic we have the LX9 machine with trunk and legs for use when clients are having treatments," Karen said. "The LX9 helps with all the lymphatic conditions, also with sports recovery, and combines with massage and dry needling."
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A self-employed massage therapist for 17 years, Karen and her team at Bodywork Massage and Wellness have a wealth of experience, offer a wide range of services, and provide their clients with the best care and treatment.
"We provide amazing massages and a range of other therapies such as cupping, dry needling and hot stone therapy," Karen said.
"With every treatment we aim to inspire, support and provide the best possible care at the highest standard. We also provide specialised support for those living with lymphatic conditions."
Bodywork Massage and Wellness has two clinic locations on the south coast and offers a mobile service to Adelaide's southern suburbs.
Hours: Monday from 9am - 7pm, Tuesday to Friday from 9am - 4pm and Saturday from 9am - 4pm.
Address: 22 Hutchinson St, Goolwa and the new location at 49 Victoria St, Victor Harbor. The Victor Harbor clinic will open on April 5 for appointments on Fridays.
Call: 0418 879 016
For more information visit www.bodyworkmassage.com.au.