Lymphedema Treatment

As Houston’s premier destination for specialized lymphedema care, we bring deep expertise and understanding to manage this complex condition. Our team of highly trained professionals is dedicated to minimizing swelling and providing essential education and resources for symptom management. We specialize in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Compression Therapy, and Complete Decongestive Therapy, specifically designed for lymphedema patients.

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reduce swelling

Reduces Swelling

improve blood circulation

Improves Mobility & Function

boost metabolism

Helps With Pain & Discomfort

recovery process education

Prevents Other Complications

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Improves Quality of Life


Includes Education & Self Management Tips

Our Lymphedema Services

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Our clinic is conveniently located on the west side of Houston in the Energy Corridor, accessible to those in Katy, Spring, Sugar Land, Bellaire, and other surrounding areas.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Unique for Patients With Lymphedema

This unique lymphatic massage technique is tailored for lymphedema management. It aims to stimulate lymph flow around blocked areas, redirecting it to functioning vessels for better circulation. This helps significantly in reducing lymphedema-related swelling and improving lymphatic system functionality.

Manual Lymphatics Drainage Session

50 Minutes


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Compression Therapy

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This involves the use of bandages to apply constant, gradient pressure to the affected limb. This pressure supports the function of the lymph vessels and helps to prevent the buildup of lymph fluid, thereby reducing swelling. Compression garments should be custom-fitted and worn during the day while the patient is active. At night, bandages may be used for continued compression.

Compression Therapy Session

50 Minutes


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Complete Decongestive Therapy

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This is a comprehensive approach to lymphedema treatment that combines all of the above methods. It typically involves an intensive phase, during which treatments are done frequently, and a maintenance phase, during which the patient continues treatments at home. CDT is considered the gold standard for lymphedema treatment and has been shown to significantly reduce swelling and improve quality of life.

Complete Decongestive Therapy Session

50 Minutes


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What Is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a condition that arises due to a malfunction in the lymphatic system, a crucial part of our immune and circulatory systems. This system is responsible for transporting lymph, a fluid containing white blood cells that fight infection, throughout the body. Lymphedema typically occurs when lymph vessels are damaged or lymph nodes are removed, disrupting the normal flow of lymph. This can result in a buildup of this fluid, leading to swelling, usually in the arms or legs.

At Carolina Pintos, we offer comprehensive treatment options for lymphedema, tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Our goal is to reduce swelling, manage symptoms, and improve the quality of life for our patients. Remember, early detection and treatment of lymphedema can significantly improve outcomes and quality of life. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What is lymphedema and what are the causes it?

A: Lymphedema is a chronic condition characterized by swelling in certain parts of the body, usually the arms or legs, due to a compromised or damaged lymphatic system. Lymphedema can be primary (congenital or genetic) or secondary (caused by surgery, radiation therapy, infection, trauma, or other factors that damage the lymphatic system).

Q: Is lymphedema curable and can it be prevented?

A: While there is no known cure for lymphedema, it can be effectively managed with proper treatment and self-care to control swelling and prevent complications. While primary lymphedema cannot be prevented, there are measures to reduce the risk of secondary lymphedema, such as proper wound care, infection prevention, and avoiding trauma to the affected limb.

Q: What is the difference between primary and secondary lymphedema?

A: Primary lymphedema is caused by congenital abnormalities in the lymphatic system, whereas secondary lymphedema occurs as a result of damage to the lymphatic system due to external factors.

Q: What is an lymphatic massage like?

A: After an initial consultation, you will undress, lie down on a massage table in the face-up position, covered with proper draping. The atmosphere is the same as a massage treatment room with dim lighting and soft music. Although you are in a massage setting, it is important to understand that a lymphatic massage is a specific form of bodywork designed to efficiently move lymph fluid in your body. Manual Lymphatic Massage (MLD) is completely different from deep tissue, Swedish, or relaxation massage that you may be expecting or have had in the past. Stimulation of the Lymphatic System activates the parasympathetic nervous system producing an automatic physiological relaxation response. Many clients fall asleep. Gentle, rotating, pumping motions with the therapist’s hands and fingertips begin at the collarbone area, then focus on areas where there is a concentration of lymph nodes (the underarms, abdomen, groin, and back of the knees). The session always starts face-up position because most of the areas of lymph nodes that need to be decongested are located on the front of the body. It is very important to decongest the areas of drainage in the groin, abdomen, underarms, and collarbone areas before sending extra lymph fluid to them.

Q: What are the symptoms of poor lymphatic drainage?

A: The following are symptoms of poor lymphatic drainage: Tiredness, insomnia, swelling in the arm or leg (including fingers or toes), a feeling of heaviness or tightness, restricted range of motion, recurring infections, and hardening or thickening of the skin (fibrosis).

Q: What are the symptoms of lymphedema and how is it diagnosed?

A: Symptoms may include swelling, heaviness or tightness in the affected limb, decreased flexibility, recurrent infections, thickening of the skin, and discomfort. Lymphedema is typically diagnosed based on medical history, physical examination, and evaluation of symptoms. Additional tests such as lymphoscintigraphy or bioimpedance analysis may be used for confirmation.

Q: What are the stages of lymphedema?

A: Lymphedema is often classified into four stages based on the severity of swelling and tissue changes. The stages range from mild to severe.

Q: How is lymphedema treated?

A: Lymphedema treatment typically involves a combination of approaches to manage the condition effectively. This comprehensive approach includes manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), a specialized massage technique that promotes the flow of lymph fluid and reduces swelling. Compression therapy, using garments, bandages, or pumps, applies constant pressure to the affected limb, facilitating the movement of lymph fluid. Personalized exercise programs improve lymphatic flow, mobility, and overall well-being. Proper skincare and self-management techniques, such as elevation, hygiene, and adhering to recommended routines, are crucial for preventing complications.

Q: What is Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) like?

A: Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is a comprehensive and highly effective treatment approach for lymphedema. It typically involves several components combined into a structured program. The first phase of CDT includes manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), a specialized massage technique that stimulates lymphatic circulation and directs fluid away from congested areas. This is followed by compression therapy, which involves the use of bandages or compression garments to maintain the reduced swelling achieved through MLD. In addition, patients are educated on self-care practices, including skincare, exercise, and limb elevation techniques to enhance lymphatic flow and prevent further fluid accumulation. The second phase of CDT focuses on the long-term management of lymphedema, where patients continue to use compression garments, adhere to self-care practices, and receive ongoing monitoring and support from their healthcare team. CDT is a comprehensive approach that addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of lymphedema, aiming to reduce swelling, improve mobility, and enhance overall quality of life. It is typically administered by trained therapists who work closely with patients to tailor the treatment to their specific needs and goals.

Q: How does lymphedema cause edema?

A: Lymphedema, a specific type of edema, arises from the disruption of the normal functioning of the lymphatic system. This impairment hinders the drainage of fluid from the interstitial spaces, where it accumulates. As a consequence, the affected area experiences fluid retention, swelling, increased pressure, and compromised fluid flow out of the blood vessels, exacerbating the edema. Lymphedema may also induce inflammation and tissue fibrosis, further contributing to the persistence of edema. It is important to note that while lymphedema specifically stems from lymphatic system dysfunction, not all cases of edema can be attributed to lymphedema.

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Selimar RiveraSelimar Rivera
20:53 01 Mar 24
Ann was great! Very attentive, explained everything and made me feel comfortable at all times
Maha KhanMaha Khan
20:22 29 Feb 24
Carolina Pinto spa is wonderful, quiet, and elegant. Jaqueline, whom I see is fabulous !!She is very kind and listens to my concerns and is a thorough professional. I’ve never had lymphatic drainage... massages in this style, they have really helped so much and I feel so refreshed after! Definitely book an appointment and see for yourself!!read more
Ashley StinsonAshley Stinson
21:25 27 Feb 24
I had surgery 2/20 and was nervous about coming in a few days post op, but Ann did such a phenomenal job! She was delicate yet firm in all the right places, and I was shocked at how much better I... looked immediately after my appointment. Ann’s background as a nurse and passion for lymphatic massage is very impressive, and I am excited to come back and see her again.read more
Andrea VillalobosAndrea Villalobos
03:14 27 Feb 24
Alexandra Knight IncAlexandra Knight Inc
17:39 26 Feb 24
Fantastic !!!
Holly SmithHolly Smith
14:41 25 Feb 24
Simply amazing! Ann is fantastic and does such a wonderful, amazing job. I’ve been receiving lymphatic facials and you can literally see the difference immediately after! 100% recommend going here,... especially after a surgery like I had.read more
Ngozi NNgozi N
23:30 23 Feb 24
Pretty clean spot. Great customer service and techs. Jacqueline is the best!
José MercedJosé Merced
23:17 23 Feb 24
Verlene, was awesome. She helps me out with all the areas and most importantly explained to me how everything works. I feel way much better and it is just the beginning 😉
Angelica BeltranAngelica Beltran
18:00 23 Feb 24
My first experience here totally exceeded my expectations! It’s really difficult to find a place in Houston that offers these services. When I called to make my appointment, I had lots of questions,... and the receptionist put Carolina on the phone to help me out and choose the right treatment for me according to what my doctor had ordered. I am very happy I found this place and I am grateful for Carolina’s expertise and also my therapist Verlene. She was patient, knowledgeable and very kind. I cannot wait for follow up appointment.read more

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