Jane Stops Lymphoedema Therapist
Massage - Randwick, NSW
Jane Stops has been interested in health care from a young age. She obtained a Diploma of Remedial Massage to study the management of lymphoedema.
Jane Stops completed a Bachelor of Health Science in Rehabilitation Counselling, along with further study including a Graduate Diploma, and Masters Degree in pain management. Gaining a Diploma of Remedial Massage enabled Jane to train as a lymphoedema professional. She still maintains a keen interest in pain management, hearing impairment and tinnitus.
Jane Stops trained in Complex Lymphoedema Therapy with Elsebeth Petersen (Perry), an accredited trainer for the Australasian Lymphology Association, in the Casley-Smith method of Complex Lymphoedema Therapy. Jane treats people with existing mild-to-moderate lymphoedema, or those at significant risk. Patients who already have swelling diagnosed as lymphoedema are usually referred or recommended by medical/allied health professionals.
What is Lymphoedema??
Lymphoedema is swelling which results when a lymphatic system is unable to effectively drain fluid from the interstitial tissues. When the lymphatic system has been compromised by malformation, injury, malfunction or surgical interference, its ability to drain a normal load is diminished.
There are several known causes of lymphoedema, although in Western countries it is most commonly seen following surgery and/or radiotherapy for various cancers. Lymphoedema is termed "primary" and "secondary".
This is due to genetic or congenital malformation of the lymphatic system. Although present at birth, swelling is usually not noticed until either puberty or mid-to-late thirties..
Secondary lymphoedema occurs following trauma, surgery or other events which affect the anatomy or function of the lymphatic system. Some causes are: cancer treatment (surgery/radiation therapy), vascular insufficiency, trauma, infection, obesity and filariasis. Filaritic lymphoedema is seen in tropical areas and is a result of mosquito bites.
Regular sessions are Wednesday and Friday 1.30 – 5.30pm. Additional sessions, such as Wednesday or Saturday mornings, can be obtained if available.