What is


Lymphoedema is the accumulation of excessive amounts of protein-rich fluid resulting in swelling of one or more regions of the body.

This is due to a mechanical failure of the lymphatic system and occurs when the demand for lymphatic drainage exceeds the capacity of the lymphatic circulation. The condition usually affects the limb(s) although it may also involve the trunk, breast, head and neck or genital area.


The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and nodes throughout the body that transports fluid (lymph) from the body tissues back to the bloodstream. The functions of the lymphatic system are to maintain the volume and protein concentration of the extracellular fluid in the body and to assist the immune system in destroying pathogens and removing waste products from the tissues.

Rosemary is a member of the ‘Australasian Lymphology Association’ (ALA) and is listed on the ‘National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register’ (NLPR) as a recommended treatment provider. Rosemary’s commitment to improving patient outcomes and quality of life sees her constantly updating her skills, to ensure patients receive the most current treatment for their Lymphoedema.

Using a combination of Manual Lymphatic Massage, Compression Bandaging, compression pump and Skin Hygiene awareness, Rosemary helps reduce the fluid volume in the effected limb.

Rosemary can help you arrange compression sleeves, and other treatment aids. Treatment can commence before surgery or soon after surgery to help minimize the risk of lymphoedema.

Early warning signs of lymphoedema?

Subjectively these may include transient swelling of a limb or other region of the body. Other symptoms may include aching, heaviness and stiffness, limitation of movement, tightness or temperature changes. Clothing, jewellery or shoes may feel tighter. Lymphoedema is not usually a painful condition but some people report pain and tension in an affected limb or body part.

Clients report that the swelling associated with lymphoedema is often aggravated by heat, with overuse, sustained positions and prolonged inactivity, or at the end of the day. They report that gentle exercise, elevation, massage and compression can ease their symptoms.

Many conditions may cause these symptoms to occur and any of the changes described will need to be assessed by a physiotherapist in order for an accurate diagnosis to be achieved.