What is Lymphoedema

Lymphoedema is caused by an overload of the lymphatic system resulting  in a swelling of one or more regions of the body. It is not curable but can be managed.

There are two main categories of Lymphoedema

a) Primary Lymphoedema: caused by a malformation of lymphatic vessels and/or nodes and might not appear till later on in life. 

b) Secondary Lymphoedema:  is caused by damage to the lymphatic system, mostly the axillary and inguinal lymph nodes.

Most frequently secondary lymphoedema occurs after surgery and radiation treatment for cancer. An oedema may develop directly after treatment or over time as a result of a chronic overload of the lymphatic system.

There can be various complications with Lymphoedema of which Cellulitis is the most common one.

Oncology Massage can ease symptoms accompanying a cancer diagnosis. It
is for symptom management.

  • Pain improved 47%
  • Fatigue improved 42%
  • Anxiety improved 59%
  • Nausea improved 51%
  • Depression improved 48%

Oncology Massage is a very different approach to the usual massage
techniques people might have experienced and postgraduate training in
Oncology Massage is essential. It is gentle, slow and very mindful. The client
will be very comfortable and relaxed during the treatment.

We can hope that oncology massage will become a hospital based
complimentary therapy in Australia for anyone enduring cancer treatments.
Cancer centres in the USA have been exemplary in this approach. In Australia
the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne and Chris
O’Brien Life House in Sydney have followed this approach.
We know today that an illness such as cancer, responds best to an all
encompassing approach. Oncology Massage is an integral part of this

"Oncology Massage improves the quality of life for people living with
cancer. It reduces side effects experienced during conventional
treatments and the symptom of the disease process itself."
(Cassileth& Vickers, 2004)

Oncology Massage can be done at all stages of the disease process, even
during chemo therapy. It is absolutely safe and can compliment conventional
treatments positively.

If a person is in a very low energy state, Manuela likes to wrap the person in a
Scenar blanket after the treatment. These blankets have a very sophisticated
design and can assist the healing process and increase energy levels.

Our Oncology Massage Therapist

Manuela King

Maneula KingManuela graduated in 2010 as a Remedial Massage Therapist from Paramount College in Perth. Since then she has extended her knowledge to offer professional help for people who suffer from chronic illnesses. Manuela did her postgraduate training in Oncology Massage through the nationally accredited ‘Oncology Massage Training’ which led her further into studying Manual Lymphatic Drainage with the internationally accredited ‘Dr Vodder Akademie’ where she graduated at the Vodder Clinic in Austria in 2014. In 2016 she completed her professional Scenar Training with RITM Scenar Australia.

"I believe that any therapy is most effective when science and intuition are combined to achieve an individual approach for each person. No two people are the same, therefore no two treatments should be the same. A deep tissue massage can be wonderful for one person yet for another, it can have an undesired effect. It is up to the person and the therapist to find techniques that suit and can be helpful in dealing with specific health challenges."

Manuela King
Dip Rem Massage, Oncology Massage
Lymphoedema and Scenar Therapist

What to expect from your first SCENAR PRO treatment

Before your treatment, you will be assessed by one of our skilled Chiropractors, who will do an adjustment (if necessary) then discuss your problems with our SCENAR expert.

You will be asked to undress (underwear is fine – so are pants in some circumstances) and will be placed into a SCENAR blanket. The SCENAR blanket will help you to relax and get the most out of your treatment.

Our SCENAR expert will then begin by running the SCENAR PRO device over your body to get some readings. They will then use these readings to devise the best course of action for your treatment.

The device does not hurt – the most you will feel is a tickle, or prickly sensation.