Lymphedema Specialist

Cynthia Orsi -  - Massage Therapist

Body N Balance

Cynthia Orsi

Massage Therapist located in Flemington, NJ

If you suffer from lymphedema, you know how painful and immobilizing it can be. Ease the discomfort with therapy at Body N Balance, a wellness center located in Flemington, New Jersey. Body N Balance is led by certified massage therapist Cynthia Orsi, who specializes in manual lymphatic drainage therapy. This type of therapy helps your lymphatic system drain, so you experience less pain and tightness, and you can go about your normal activities more easily. Schedule a consultation today online or over the phone.

Lymphedema Q & A

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What is lymphedema?

Lymphedema is swelling in your arms or legs caused by a blockage in your lymphatic system that keeps it from draining lymph fluid properly.

The lymphatic system circulates lymph fluid throughout your body, delivering protein while it picks up bacteria, waste, and viruses along the way. It moves these substances through the lymph vessels to the lymph nodes, which filter out the waste and flush it from the body.

When this fluid gets stuck and can’t drain, it builds and swells and inhibits your movement.

What are the symptoms of lymphedema?

Lymphedema has noticeable symptoms. You may have lymphedema if you’re experiencing any of the following in one or more arms or legs:

  • Swelling, including in the extremities
  • Thickening and hardening of the skin
  • Aching
  • Recurring infections
  • Reduced range of motion
  • A sensation of tightness or heaviness

Lymphedema can be socially debilitating because the swelling can be embarrassing, and the pain can keep you from being as active as you’d like to be.

Why does lymphedema occur?

Most often, you get lymphedema after the surgical removal of or damage to the lymph nodes, particularly as part of cancer treatment, such as radiation. You can also get lymphedema from an infection of the lymph nodes. This is known as secondary lymphedema. Primary lymphedema is a hereditary form and is much less common.

You’re at a higher risk for lymphedema if you’re:

  • Older
  • Obese
  • Suffering from psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis

Talk to your provider if your lymph nodes have been damaged or if you fall into the high-risk group.

How can I treat my lymphedema?

There is no cure for lymphedema. The focus of treatment for lymphedema is on reducing pain and controlling swelling.

At Body N Balance, your practitioner treats your lymphedema using a specialized technique called manual lymph drainage. Manual lymph drainage applies gentle pressure all over your body. It encourages circulation and helps move lymph waste fluid away from the damaged area and through your system so it can drain.

However, manual lymph drainage might not be right for you if you have any of the following:

  • Kidney issues
  • Liver issues
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Active infection

Manual lymph drainage is also not recommended for you if you have a history of stroke or blood clots.

What is lymphedema drainage therapy?

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body that collect fluid, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system.

As both a preventative and remedial technique, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness.

Ask about our first-time client rates!

45 min sinusitis rate $75 helps allergy symptoms!

up to  60 min Manual Lymph Drainage $150* (includes detailed measuring)

30 min upgrade $75*

Pre/Post Surgical Package 5 days Pre Surgery & 5 days Post Surgery Plus 4 visits post-Annual $2100*

*All Multi-day packages require to be paid in advance, receipts are issued to you for your submission to your insurance company.

In the human body there are two systems that move fluid: 1) the Circulatory System that circulates blood  through a closed system to the heart and lungs via tubular vessels called Veins, Arteries and vascular capillaries.2) the Lymphatic System transports fluid, proteins, cellular debris, water, fatty acids, and lymphocytes via lymph capillaries, pre collectors, and lymphangions through the Lymph Nodes for the purpose of filtering cellular debris and making new Lymphocytes for the immune system.

When a person doesn’t drink enough water (coffee, tea, and soda don't count) and eat balanced healthy food, the lymphatic system doesn’t filter correctly leaving behind cellular debris and proteins. This can back up the transportation and filtration process causing clogged lymph nodes that become a collection of fluid and swelling in your extremities, head, and neck. Important to know, fluid can back up in both systems and that is why it is important to get medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment!

Besides dehydration and a poor diet, there are many things that injure the lymphatic system which interrupts the flow resulting in edema (a collection of fluid) or the problems can be congenital (from birth).

Manual Lymph Drainage is a hands-on therapy using very specific techniques and protocols to unclog the main draining areas, transporting pathways, filtering and accelerating flow, TEN fold! This enables the body to work in synergy with the circulatory system resulting in the reduction of edema/swelling, as well as manufacturing of new lymphocytes which are necessary for the immune system. If you are diagnosed with an autoimmune deficiency, you may want to discuss with your doctor a series of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy sessions.

Sometimes the use of compression garments assist with the management of the fluid and its evacuation, but also will prevent backflow. These medical grade garments require individualized measuring and follow up assistance for the client's safety and best results. Use of nonmedical grade garments without the consent of a physician could result in further damaged tissue and complications.

Common Indications for this very relaxing therapy are as such but not limited to: Acne, Alopecia, Alzheimer’s, Anti-Aging, Bell's Palsy, Breast Cysts, Burns, Cancer, C-section, Concussions, Ear Ache, Eczema, Fertility sinusitis, burns, glaucoma, earaches, Bell’s Palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, alopecia, c-section, Gastro -Intestinal Issues, Glaucoma, Lipedema, migraines, Pre and Post Surgical swelling, Rosacea, Sinusitis, Sports Injuries, Stroke, vascular surgery, Weight loss.

As with any therapy or medical procedure, there are Contraindications, which are listed below:

  • The first trimester of pregnancy or high-risk pregnancy
  • Congestive Heart Failure, Liver or Kidney Failure
  • DVT Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • unidentified skin lesions or rashes
  • open wounds
  • Infections without 2 days of antibiotics
  • Injectables within two weeks of injection
  • Cancer without a prescription
  • Flu or Fever
  • Irregular Heart Rhythm


MLD- Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage Prices

Preliminary Health Assessment 90 min (max) $125

30 min included in choices of Wellness Membership

30 min $75

60 min $150

90 min $199

To learn more about manual lymph drainage and the relief it can provide, schedule a consultation with Body N Balance today. You can book an appointment using the online tool or by calling the practice directly.

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