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Self Lymphatic Drainage for the Arm from Louisville's MassageByHeather.com

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Published on Oct 19, 2011

http://www.massagebyheather.com - Learn an easy self-massage routine to drain fluid and reduce swelling from the arm. If you're a breast cancer survivor or have extreme edema in the arm, please consult your physician before performing this on yourself.

Before you work the arm, you'll need to clear the main drains at either side of the neck, so go to this video for a more in-depth instruction on clearing the head and neck (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA-wi0...)

Contraindications include high risk pregnancy. If you're pregnant, consult your physician before performing this on yourself. Other contraindications for Lymphatic Drainage Massage work in general are as follows:

1. Fever, acute infection, early onset inflammatory disease. You need to wait until the acute phase is over and the fever is broken.
2. Circulatory system problems, especially thrombosis. If there is any risk of embolism of phlebitis, do not use LDM and see your physician immediately
3. Cardiac issues such as heart disease, acute angina pectoris or coronary thrombosis (heart attack). Using LDM increases the fluid load on the heart, and compromised cardiac systems should not be subjected to LDM.
4. Active bleeding, internal or external.
5. Active malignant cancers, undiagnosed lumps, or tumors whose origins have not been determined by your physician.
6. High risk pregnancy or late term pregnancy with complications

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