It’s Lymphoedema Awareness Month!

March is Lymphoedema Awareness Month!

What is Lymphoedema?

The lymphatic system is part of the body’s immune system. It helps to fight infection and protect the body from disease and is made up of a network of vessels throughout the body that carry fluid call lymph. The lymph fluid passes through lymph nodes, which filter out and destroy harmful substances such as bacteria and viruses.  Lymphoedema occurs when the system does not work properly because of a mechanical problem. The fluid cannot drain, so it causes swelling in the tissues.

Lymphoedema most commonly occurs in the arms or legs, but it can also be seen in the chest, genital area, head, or neck.   Lymph nodes are often removed as part of cancer surgery and can be damaged by radiotherapy.

Whilst there is no cure for the condition, there are various strategies to lessen its impact on daily life and prevent a worsening of symptoms.

The Australian Lymphology Association provides invaluable information about lymphoedema and can advise about local support groups and Accredited Therapists.

The Lymphoedema Association Australia is committed to improving the lives of people with lymphoedema and is a strong national voice for advocacy, education, and support.  Their Lymphoedema Awareness Month campaign is ‘Shine a Light on Lymphoedema’ and you can learn more HERE.

Lymphoedema solutions from Anita

Bra fitters working together with Lymphoedema Therapists can be an integral part of self-care for patients.

Anita’s LymphOfit Bra #1100 is considered the gold standard of treatment for lymph congestion in the breast and thorax area by many leading Specialists around the world and is TGA approved here in Australia.

This moulded-cup front-opening, high-backed bra provides controlled compression from the sides to the under bust section, while the all-over textured fabric has a massaging and draining effect on the subcutaneous tissue and minor lymph vessels.  Stocked here in Sand and Black, AU sizes are 12-28A to D, 12-26DD and 12-24E.  Sew-in pockets style #1110 in Left or Right side are stocked in AU sizes 10-32.

Everyday bra choices should have a wide shoulder strap and a wide, supportive side.  As with regular bra fittings, the band should not be too tight, and the edges of the cup should not cut in.  This will ensure lymph flow is not restricted.

Long-time favourite 5349X Safina is a great choice for those either with lymphoedema or at risk of lymphoedema.  Stocked here in Sand, Black, Crystal and Biscuit.

New favourite is 4723X Lucia, stocked here in Black and Crystal, is another perfect choice, providing comfort and support without compromising on beauty and style!

Vivana pocketed Sports Bra #5300, stocked here in Deep Sand and Black, has all the features needed and is perfect for everyday wear too. 

These a just a few suggestions.  You’ll find there are many more in the Anita range.  Ask us….we’re here to help! Contact Glenda Harris 0455 106 588 or glenda@ssau.au for any enquiries or submit your web enquiry here.

Please be advised effective 1st March, 2023 all orders below the minimum $500 (inc GST) will incur a $20+ GST delivery.

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