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New products are available in the market so many
lymphedema patients are using these to take care of swelling and tissue
fibrosis. For example, a special Elastic Therapeutic Tape is now being used by
therapists to soften edemas. Other lymphedema products like special footwear,
donning or doffing aids and bandage rollers try to ease the life of a lymphedema
Christy Hein Offers Lymphedema MLD Therapy, Swedish Massage, Raindrop, Shiatsu,
Acupressure, Hot Stone, Myofascial Release
Christy Hein is a Lymphatic Care Specialist. The lymphatic
system is important to your body's immune function, and it is where the "good
cells" are created and “bad cells” are destroyed and filtered to move out from
your body. There are many applications of manual lymphatic therapy for the body.
This site will focus primarily on lymphedema, but please recognize that there
are many other applications for this therapy.
Christy is a graduate of
Healing Arts Institute located in Citrus
Heights, California. She also specializes in Lymphedema MLD Therapy, Swedish Massage,
Raindrop, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Hot Stone, Myofascial Release.
Prior to becoming a lymphedema specialist and massage
and acupressure therapist, Christy Hein was a fire fighter and paramedic. She also teaches CPR
and First Aid. Christy's medical background gives her a unique ability to
understand how the body systems can become diseased and self heal through manual
lymph drainage, pure essential oils, and other holistic practices.
Christy Hein's Profile
Massage therapist with a private practice in Loomis, Ca.
(Lymphatic Drainage Specialist certification from Healing Arts Institute).
Acupressure Practitioner certification through Healing
Arts Institute In Citrus Heights, CA and The Acupressure Institute in
Raindrop Treatment trained by Gary Young.
Trained in Swedish, Swedish Hot Stone, Shiatsu, and
Young Living Essential Oils Distributer / Consultant.
Owner / Operator of California Public Response, CPR
/1st Aid Training (over 20 years of experience).
Worked in Emergency Medical Services as a Paramedic in
the 911 system and as a Firefighter / Paramedic in the 911 system in Solano
Past experience as a medical assistant in a private
practice (4 years working with Traumatic Brain Injury Adults in a Sub-Acute
Care facility in Concord, CA).
Lymphatic Drainage Massage - The Greatest Way to Control Your Lymphedema
Christy Hein, Lymphatic Care Specialist, specializes in
full-service lymphatic treatments: manual lymphatic therapy (MLD), compression
bandaging, skin care, education, exercise, and supply of products related to MLD/CDP
therapy (including compression stockings), at low costs to the patient.
Christy will also help you with ordering of compression
products. Christy will assist in obtaining lymphedema pumps and custom or
Most private insurance carriers (including Medicare) cover
lymphedema treatment. Therapy consists of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) therapy,
compression, skin care, exercise, and education.
Lymphedema is a problem of excess water and protein
Our lymphatic system, in addition to filtering out waste products, helps our
bodies maintain fluid balance so that we are neither dehydrated nor edematous.
Up to 90% of the water component of our blood that perfuses the capillary
network and nourishes our cells returns to the heart via the venous system.
The 10% (or more) that is left behind in the tissues along with the
extracellular protein that filters out of the capillaries, can only return to
the heart via the lymphatics. That 10% (or more) can amount to up to 2 liters a
day. While 2 liters may not seem like much, it adds up day after day, if there
is impairment in lymph drainage.
In addition, the extracellular proteins can only return to the central
circulation via the lymphatic vessels. The diameter of these molecules is too
large to fit into the openings in the vein walls - the openings in the lymphatic
vessel walls are large enough for these protein molecules to enter easily.
So lymphedema is not only a problem of excess water remaining in the tissues,
but of excess protein that remains in the tissues as well. Unfortunately, the
body always moves for a state of balance so it actually tends to pour more water
into the tissues to "dilute" this protein concentration - thus a vicious cycle
develops. This problem is compounded by the fact that the white blood cells
called macrophages, which are part of our immune response, do not work properly
in the lymphedematous fluid. This is why anyone with lymphedema is at increased
risk for infection in his or her affected limb.
CHRISTY HEIN, CERTIFIED LYMPHEDEMA THERAPIST
Benefits of Massage
Massage effects every system in the body - Today's busy lifestyle can cause many
to suffer from chronic stress which can lead to serious health problems. Chronic
stress disrupts nearly every system of the body. It can raise blood pressure,
suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke,
contribute to infertility, and speed up the aging process.
In massage, pressure is applied to the muscles in movements that are in tune
with the natural flow of blood back to the heart. This movement stimulates the
parasympathetic nervous system which in turn dilates the blood vessels, lowers
blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate. It also stimulates the
digestive tract, lymphatic system and promotes deep relaxation. Some studies
suggest that regular massage can reduce cellulite deposits possibly due to the
fact that massage is a passive form of exercise. Getting a regular massage is
also a way to increase or maintain flexibility, enhance tissue elasticity and
"Christy really knows her stuff. She seems to be tuned into what's going on in
my body and knows exactly what works for me and is readily attentive to my
needs. I feel very much at ease and very relaxed afterwards. She employs a
variety of techniques and uses top of the line [essential] oils, which is a cut
above the average massage. You definitely get your dollars' worth the oils alone
are worth it!" Bonnie M, Lincoln, CA 95648.