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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Helps With Swelling, Pain, And Discomfort

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Improves Quality of Life And Prevents Future Complications


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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

100 Minutes

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Ayesha MalikAyesha Malik
15:37 07 Jun 24
elly is a great esthetician, she is so welcoming and talented she always takes amazing care of me and my skin
Taylor NoelTaylor Noel
13:47 07 Jun 24
so glad i found this place!! i came for post op lymph drainage massage and left feeling so much lighter. Patricia is very kind and knowledgeable. i’m looking forward to my next appointment and will... be recommending CP therapy to friends and more
Amanda LipscombAmanda Lipscomb
14:44 29 May 24
I'm quite impressed with Carolina Pintos Therapy. I love the spa vibe to come receive healing and therapeutic treatments. Jasmine was phenomenal. I was very impressed with her skills. I'm a breast... cancer survivor that has had lymph nodes removed, and she was very gentle. It's the first time I've had a lymphatic massage and I didn't wake up feeling like I had the flu! I'm amazed!! She worked on points that no one else has in 7 years of seeing other people all over the country. I'm really excited to continue forward working with her and seeing how my body can heal and more
Jessica WalkerJessica Walker
23:45 22 May 24
I am so glad I found this place, it is amazing! The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and the facility is immaculate!!! My first appointment was scheduled with Jacquline-she was absolutely... wonderful! From the moment I met her everything she said was spot on about the areas I want to work on, it was like she had known me for years! She did a facial lymphatic drainage and there were immediate results (even my mom could notice, who better to confirm than the person who has seen you since the day you were born?!). Such a great experience that at check out I booked a body lymphatic drainage session for the next day with her. I am looking forward to continuing on with there numerous options they offer!read more
Shalimar SankarShalimar Sankar
19:26 18 May 24
The entire team at Carolina Pintos are absolutely fantastic - from the friendly front desk staff to the wonderful therapists, and Carolina herself. Everyone is absolutely warm and helpful, making... each visit a pleasure. I’ve been seeing Jacquline for a few months now after my surgery, and the improvement in my scar tissue is incredible 💯 Jacquline exudes warmth, kindness, and positive energy in every session ✨ She truly understands the body inside and out and is one of the best masseuses I’ve ever been to. Every time I leave her care, I feel much better than when I walked in. I’ve tried other fabulous therapists there, but I keep coming back to Jacquline. She gets books quickly for a reason, so book with her today! You won’t be disappointed! 🩷read more
tammy lindseytammy lindsey
17:36 17 May 24
My therapist Jacquline is amazing. She explains the whole process. She instructs me to feel the before and after and I look amazing.
Ashley WigginAshley Wiggin
00:34 12 May 24
I cannot recommend Ms. Jacquline enough! She has been such an amazing therapist. Always listening to my concerns, offers her expertise and gives the highest quality of therapy massages every single... time. She treats every session with the upmost care and determination to make sure I leave better than I arrived. Her massages are a work of art and always makes me feel comfortable and at ease. If you haven’t had a massage with Ms. Jacquline you’re missing out. She is simply more
Billie TsikaBillie Tsika
19:32 11 May 24
Very nice facility and friendly people. Great massage.
Laura AndrewsLaura Andrews
15:25 11 May 24
Absolutely amazing

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: Who would benefit most from our lymphedema treatments?

A: Our lymphedema treatments are ideal for those:

  • Patients undergoing cancer treatment: Those who have had lymph nodes removed or damaged due to surgery, particularly breast cancer surgeries, which can result in lymphedema.
  • Individuals with primary lymphedema: Those born with a condition that affects the lymphatic system, leading to swelling typically in the arms or legs.
  • Patients recovering from surgery or radiation therapy: Especially surgeries involving lymph node removal that may disrupt normal lymphatic flow, leading to lymphedema.
  • People experiencing chronic swelling: Individuals who have persistent swelling in limbs or other body parts that traditional treatments have not effectively managed.
  • Those prone to infections related to severe lymphedema: Such as cellulitis or lymphangitis, which are common complications of untreated lymphedema.
  • Individuals looking for non-surgical management options: Those seeking alternative or complementary treatments to manage their condition without further surgical interventions.
  • Elderly patients with circulation issues: Older adults who experience lymphatic system inefficiencies due to aging, which can exacerbate symptoms of lymphedema.
  • Patients with venous insufficiencies: Those who suffer from conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or varicose veins that can also contribute to or exacerbate lymphedema.
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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