Tag Archives: lymphedema


What should you expect at your initial evaluation for lymphedema?

Bring with you to your first appointment:

A list of you medications and supplements.
Any compression garments you are currently wearing or have worn in the past.
Any bandages or foam you may have.
You can bring a family member or caretaker, or anyone that will be assisting with you care.

A complete history will be taken to determine what is causing the edema. We will ask you about the symptoms you have noticed, such as swelling, tingling or a heaviness, as well as the frequency, onset and triggers.

During the manual examination, your therapist will palpate or feel for any signs of fibrosis, or scarring of the soft tissue under the skin.

Your therapist will talk to you about your goals. We will take photos and measurements of the affected areas. We check the integrity of your skin, looking for fragility, woulds, skin color, or signs of infection.

Your therapist will determine if a Manual Lymph Drainage treatment is appropriate for you at that time. We will discuss exercise, diet and skin care.

If compression bandaging is determined necessary, we will schedule an appointment in a few days to start the bandaging process.

I want my patients to feel positive and empowered, knowing they are doing everything possible to treat their condition.

If you need an evaluation for your chronic swelling, you can contact Christina M. Mitchell, LMT, Certified Lymphedema Therapist, (239) 293-0960. http://bestbodymassage.com

The primary reason people received massage was for medical or health reasons.

Forty-three percent of adult Americans who had a massage between July 2012 and July 2013 received it for medical or health reasons such as pain management, soreness/stiffness/spasms, injury rehabilitation, or overall wellness, a number that did not change from 2012.

Eighty-eight percent agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain.
Thirty-two percent of massage consumers had a massage for relaxation/stress reduction between July 2012 and July 2013.

If you are experiencing chronic pain, discomfort, swelling or lymphedema, you can contact:

Christina M. Mitchell, LMT, PFT, MLD/CDP, Certified Medical Massage Practitioner, Certified Lymphedema Therapist in Naples.

(239) 293-0960
email: iamchristinamitchell@gmail.com


Christina M. Mitchell, LMT, MLD/CDP is pleased to announce that she has acquired a certification as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Providing a complete manual lymph drainage program as well as skin care, edema specific exercise programs, compression garments and compression bandaging for volume reduction.

Treating  a variety of swelling disorders from lymphedema, chronic venous insufficiency, burns, lipedma, and swelling from orthopedic and aesthetic procedures. MLD can also help with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, insomnia, depression, stress, edema due to pregnancy, sinus and ear congestion, scar tissue softening, acne and traumatized tissue. It is also recommended to receive a manual lymph drainage treatment about once a month to maintain your health by detoxifying the body.