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.
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.
The lymphatic system is part of the body’s immune system. It helps to fight infection, 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, Accredited Therapists etc.
Tracey G Prosthetics and Lingerie is a stockist of Anita LymphOfit bras and armsleeves