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LymphCare UK Lymphyoga

lymphyoga exerciseAt LymphCare UK we are proud that we have won the BLS Innovation in Practice Award for our LymphYoga Innovation!

We run LymphYoga 4 times a week and this has proved to be life-changing to the patients who have attended.

Kay Morris the Yoga trainer is a wheel of Yoga trained instructor and has seen a remarkable transformation in patient’s general well-being, including a range of movement and flexibility.

The History

The Team at Lymphcare UK were inspired at BLS Conference after listening to both Dr Narahari and Professor T Ryan speaking of the benefits of Yoga in the management of Lymphoedema in Indian villages.

There is also some further recent evidence to suggest that yoga can be beneficial for patients suffering from breast cancer-related lymphoedema (Louden et al 2012). After discussions with Public Health Dudley LymphCare received a grant and undertook a Yoga Project.

An Audit was undertaken focused on a small group of Breast Cancer Related Lymphoedema (BCRL) patients. This enabled the team to measure and evaluate any outcomes of the yoga sessions for patients, using both pre and post LYMQOL and Circumferential arm measurements. Due to its Due to its success, a further 12-month funding was secured with yoga classes increasing to four times a week.

LymphCare also developed a Yoga Training Course for Health Care Professionals and Therapists.

A further pilot study is planned to gain more scientific evidence of the benefits of Yoga in the maintenance and management of Lymphoedema and Lipoedema and possibly other long term conditions.

Lymphcare UK commissioned Kay Hickman of Innaharmony to provide the yoga sessions. Kay is a qualified Wheel of Yoga Trainer and very experienced in working with diverse groups and clients with health related needs.

A holistic and integrated approach was used and both Lymphoedema and Lipoedema were discussed to ensure that yoga classes and sessions were bespoke and that positions and stretches would promote lymph Drainage.  The sessions gave patients an opportunity to meet and network with other individuals living with Lipoedema and Lymphoedema.

Find Out More

Lymphcare UK is continuing to provide the Therapeutic LymphYoga sessions and continue to have positive feedback. We plan to undertake a more robust, scientific approach to evaluating and analysing the outcomes of Yoga in Lymphoedema/Lipoedema. You can find out more about Lymphcare UK’s Lymphyoga by contacting us and downloading this PDF leaflet: LymphYoga