Jin Shin Jyutsu® for Lymphedema
The lymph is part of our bodies' cleaning system and is also very important in fighting infection. Radiation and surgery, in particular the removal of lymph nodes, can create difficulties for this system, creating an effect known as lymphedema, which is swelling in the affected area. Luckily we've got some Jin Shin Jyutsu holds that you can utilize that will give you some help with this situation. For lymphedema in the left arm and chest, place the thumb of the right hand into the left armpit with the fingers gently clasped around the top of the arm. At the same time, the left hand is placed on the opposite inner thigh.
A second self-help hold for the left side is to place the right hand in the left armpit while the left hand makes an OK sign with the thumb lightly touching the left ring finger. These holds can be done for the right arm and chest by simply reversing the holds. These holds are very beneficial for post-mastectomy and post-lung surgery care. Lymphedema can also occur in the leg. To assist with swelling in the left leg due to this condition, place the left hand on the top of the leg in the groin area where the leg meets the torso.
At the same time, your right hand will cross the body to hold the left shoulder close to the neck. Make sure your arm is relaxed, lower it if you need to. You can reverse this hold for the opposite leg. Holding these placements for 20 minutes at a time is optimal, and do them as often as possible. You also might enjoy placing both hands on the top of the head two to three inches apart for 20 minutes for the entire lymph system, though this may not be comfortable for those who have had surgery in the chest area.
Remember that the holds that feel the most comfortable to you are the ones that are going to give you the most benefit.
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