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The Complete Lymphedema Management and Nutrition Guide: Empowering Strategies, Supporting Recipes and Therapeutic Exercises

The Complete Lymphedema Management and Nutrition Guide: Empowering Strategies, Supporting Recipes and Therapeutic Exercises


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Empowering strategies to improve lymphedema with therapeutic exercises and supporting recipes.

Lymphedema treatment is an expanding topic on a condition that has been historically misunderstood and underdiagnosed. The condition is characterized by fluid retention and chronic swelling that significantly impacts the daily lives of approximately 10 million North Americans. It can be caused by infection, injury or genetic disorder and may occur as a complication of cancer treatment.

In The Complete Lymphedema Management and Nutrition Guide, physiotherapist Ann DiMenna and dietitian Jean LaMantia share their expert knowledge of the condition, explaining its link with diet and exercise. Together they offer lifestyle adjustments and self-management strategies that may help those living with lymphedema gain control of their conditions, lessen their symptoms and improve the overall quality of their lives.

This is an essential guide for anyone experiencing symptoms of lymphedema. The book includes expert information on underlying causes, symptoms, effective treatments and therapeutic exercises supported by both clinical and scientific research. It offers a friendly, easy-to-understand approach with step-by-step photographs and illustrations along with supplementary videos hosted on the authors' site. It also delivers over fifty recipes to support an anti-inflammatory diet characterized by low sodium, low fat, adequate fluid and sufficient protein.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778806271
Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated
Publication date: 09/20/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 191,780
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jean LaMantia, RD, is a registered dietitian, cancer survivor and bestselling author of The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook. She provides nutrition counseling and leads nutrition seminars in her private practice.

Ann DiMenna, PT, CDT (Complete Decongestive Therapist) is a trained physiotherapist with extensive years of clinical experience, including private practice, inpatient hospital and home care. She is an active member of the Lymphedema Association of Ontario and a regular attendee of conferences on lymphedema.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Ewa Szumacher 8

Preface Jean LaMantia 10

Introduction Ann DiMenna 12

Part 1 Understanding Lymphedema

Chapter 1 The Lymphatic System and Lymphedema 16

Chapter 2 Lymphedema Risk Reduction 31

Part 2 Self-Care For Lymphedema

Chapter 3 Skin Care 40

Chapter 4 Manual Lymphatic Drainage 48

Chapter 5 Multilayer Compression Bandaging 60

Chapter 6 Compression Garments 76

Chapter 7 Pneumatic Compression Pumps 90

Chapter 8 Exercise and Lymphedema 94

Chapter 9 Lymphatic Taping 114

Part 3 Nutrition For Lymphedema

Chapter 10 Body Weight and Lymphedema 126

Chapter 11 Lymphatics and the Digestion of Dietary Fats 142

Chapter 12 Reducing Chronic Inflammation 155

Chapter 13 Fluid, Protein and Sodium 164

Chapter 14 Supplements 172

Chapter 15 Meal Planning 177

Part 4 Recipes For Lymphedema

About the Nutritional Analyses 184

Appetizers, Salads and Dressings 185

Soups and Chilis 203

Mains and Sides 213

Sauces, Dips and Drinks 229


Appendix 1 pH Levels of Skin Care Products 241

Appendix 2 BMI Table 244

Appendix 3 Supplement Descriptions, Claims and Evidence 245

Glossary 253

Resources 257

References 259

Before and After Treatment 270

Living with Lymphedema: Personal Stories 272

Acknowledgments 274

Contributing Authors 277

Image Credits 278

Index 280

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