Lymphoedema; what is it & are you at risk?

Did you know that one in 300,000 people in Australia will experience lymphoedema in their lifetime?  Given these figures, how do you know if you’re at risk?  Is there a cure? Can it be treated? Do you know what it is?

As with many conditions, early treatment is paramount to successful lymphoedema management.  So what do you look for? Mobile Rehab has a team of specially trained lymphoedema therapists who treat many different types of lymphoedema, read on to learn more.

What is Lymphoedema?  

In very basic terms, lymphoedema is a condition that is characterised by swelling as a result of an impaired flow in the lymphatic system.  

How do you recognise the onset of lymphoedema?

Swelling is usually the first sign, sometimes intermittently in the arms and legs.  Is one arm / leg looking or feeling bigger than the other?

You may not recognise swelling immediately, but perhaps notice a ‘tightness’ of the skin, heaviness, aching and skin temperature changes.  You might also notice your clothing, jewellery or watch is becoming tighter.

Who is at risk of developing lymphoedema?

If you’ve had surgery and radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer of the prostate, bowel or reproductive systems you’ll have an increased risk of developing lymphoedema of the legs or groin areas.

Women who have undergone surgery and radiotherapy for treatment of breast cancer are particularly susceptible to lymphoedema of the arm and, sometimes, the adjacent chest wall on the affected side.  (Note – swelling in the first year post cancer treatment does not always progress to lymphoedema.)

Having said that, there is a type of Lymphoedema that is inherited.  This is called Primary Lymphoedema, and while rare, its symptoms, physical effects and approach to treatments are the same.

What do you do if you have swelling?

If you are concerned at all, seek medical advice promptly and ask for a referral to a qualified lymphoedema therapist.


Treating lymphoedema

While there’s no cure for Lymphoedema, it can be treated and managed to improve both function and quality of life.  Early treatment has been shown to improve function and minimise ongoing complications

What treatment is available?

Mobile Rehab has physiotherapists and occupational therapists who are specially trained in lymphoedema treatment.  It is important that Lymphoedema is treated holistically to minimise the progression of the condition. This can be done through a combination of the following:

  • compression garments
  • exercise
  • skin care
  • elevation
  • specific limb exercises
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Contact us if you would like more information on our lymphoedema services in your own home.

1300 363 483


A massage can make you feel good; what else can it help with?

A massage can be effective for more than just making you feel good, did you know massage may also be helpful for:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • General aches and pains

Having said that, not all massages are the same and deliver the same benefits!  When you are thinking about having a massage, have a look at the different types of massage available, and see which you think would be most beneficial for you:


  • Excellent for general health and wellbeing
  • Helps prevent and alleviate the discomforts of stress, headaches, migraines, muscles spasms and cramps
  • This form of massage can be claimed through a small number of funds, check with your health fund to see if you’re eligible


  • Targets specific areas of your discomfort, such as regular headaches or migraines, assisting joint range of movement and mobility.
  • Encourages circulation which will affect the lymphatic system
  • This form of massage can be claimed through eligible private health funds


  • Assists in restoring balance, treating pain and boosting a sluggish circulation
  • Primarily working on the feet but can also be performed on the hands or ears

Lymphatic Drainage

  • Particularly good for detoxification and supporting the body’s immune system
  • Helps with slight fluid retention


  • Excellent for the treatment of migraine
  • Suitable for clients unable to transfer to a bed/table or lay on their stomach, can be done in the clients walker

For more information on these massages, and what is involved, click HERE

Mobile Rehab now has massage therapy services available.  If you would like more information about these services, get in touch and we will let you know how we can help you.


Mobile Rehab:

1300 363 483


Top 5 tips for setting SMART health goals

Top 5 tips for setting SMART health goals

Mobile Rehab recognises the new year as the perfect time to review your health goals and think about what can be done to improve or maintain your current levels of fitness, strength and your overall health and wellbeing.  

When goal setting for the new year, reflect on your physical activity in the past year and think about what you want to achieve in the coming 12 months.  Below is a simple method to ensure that you make your 2018 goals SMART, thus more achievable.  

Top 5 ways to make SMART goals:

  1. S – Specific;  define that you want to achieve;
  2. M – Measurable; how will you measure your success?;
  3. A – Achievable; include some quick wins and a goal you need to reach/stretch for;  
  4. R – Relevant; your goal should reflect your interests; and
  5. T – Timely; establish a realistic timeframe to achieve your goal.

What do SMART goals look like?

If you’re reading this, it probably means you’re keen to set some health goals for 2018.  So let’s get down to it.  If your goal is to improve your walking, get back into swimming, or to be able to hold a pen properly, your SMART goals might look like this:

Examples of 2018 SMART health goals:

  • To walk to the shops (specific) without being breathless (measurable + achievable) by Easter (timely), so I can spend active time with my friends and family (relevant);
  • To be able to swim (specific) by Easter (timely) so I can play with my Grandchildren (relevant) without having to use a floatation device (measurable + achievable); or
  • To be able to hold my pen (specific) firmly enough to write a page long letter (measurable) to my family who live overseas (relevant) by Christmas (timely).  I want to start sending a postcard each month (achievable) as I build up my hand strength.

So there you go – that is how you expand your overall goal into a SMART goal!

Get started on making your 2018 a healthy one and download your very own SMART goal checklist and template HERE.

When writing your goals, remember to tick off each of the above SMART points and you should be on the right track.   

These are YOUR goals, written by YOU, for YOU.  Be proud of them and place them on the fridge.  Research shows that by writing out your goals and seeing them on a daily basis helps in staying motivated. Win-win!

If you would like an assessment of your current health levels or help developing and monitoring your 2018 health goals, get in touch with us at Mobile Rehab – we are here to help.

Have a healthy 2018!

Mobile Rehab

1300 363 483



Mobile Rehab now in Townsville

Mobile Rehab is pleased to announce we are now operating in Townsville!

Offering in-home physiotherapy services, Mobile Rehab comes to you, in your own home so there is no need to travel to and from appointments.  

In Townsville, Mobile Rehab physios offer a range of rehabilitation and restorative care programs to people in their own homes.  Our clinicians are highly skilled, experienced and passionate about the health outcomes of their clients.  Services provided include rehabilitation, exercise programs, equipment recommendations, post acute care and balance/mobility.

If you are interested in having Mobile Rehab physio visit you in your home, call our friendly team on 1300 363 483 so we can make this happen for you.  

Mobile Rehab are registered to accept DVA, WorkCover, Medicare, health insurance and private patients.

About Mobile Rehab

Mobile Rehab has a been a leading provider of physiotherapy in the home for 21 years, and continues to set the benchmark for allied health services across Australia, predominantly in the aged care sector.

Mobile Rehab chosen to deliver program: My health for Life

Mobile Rehab has recently been chosen to deliver the ‘My Health for Life’ program in the Brisbane North area in conjunction with Diabetes QLD.

‘My Health for Life’ is a FREE, government funded, community-based health prevention program aimed at helping participants to find the motivation to make healthy lifestyle changes.  Mobile Rehab health professionals  will be working with participants to help teach them the skills to help make health lifestyle changes, rather than just giving them information about what they should be doing better. Our communication is two-way, and we work with participants in a partnership.

Starting in July, the first areas this program will be delivered in North Brisbane include Caboolture, Redcliffe, Stafford and Zillmere.

To find out more about this FREE program, and eligibility to participate, contact:

Mobile Rehab on 1300 363 483

Or visit the My health for life website  

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