Benefits of Gentle Therapeutic Massage for Cancer Patients with Lymphedema

Local Licensed Massage Therapist, Dawn Jenkins, Owner of BodyKneads becomes a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) to offer Relief for Patients with Lymphedema
Dawn Jenkins receives Lymphedema Therapy Certification
Dawn Jenkins receives Lymphedema Therapy Certification
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* West Chester - Pennsylvania - US

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WEST CHESTER, Pa. - Aug. 27, 2014 - PRLog -- Lymphedema is a health condition that affects approximately 1% of the U.S. population (nearly 3 million Americans) and results in swelling arms, legs, abdomen or genitals.  The condition commonly occurs in cancer patients that have received radiation treatment or undergone surgery and it can lead to infection and pain. Lymphedema cannot be cured, but can be managed by Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).

Dawn Jenkins, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) of Dawn Jenkins’ BodyKneads in West Chester PA received the most comprehension training and certification in lymphedema management from Klose Training and Consulting ( She is the first certified lymphedema therapist (CLT) to offer services in MLD and CDT to cancer patients in the Greater Philadelphia area.

“Clients with lymphedema need an individualized approach that depends on the stage of the condition. Determining if your massage therapist has been well trained and certified to treat lymphedema is essential for the best results,” stated Dawn Jenkins, Licensed Massage Therapist and CLT at Dawn Jenkins’ BodyKneads.

Lymphedema can occur immediately after radiation or surgery, but may also take up to a year to develop. Without proper care that includes therapeutic massage and compression bandaging, lymphema can result in substantial swelling, restricted movement and poor quality of life.

Managing lymphedema requires complete and thorough training in the methods of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) because the condition is complex, challenging to manage and associated with concomitant conditions and disease histories. ( )  This treatment regimen includes: manual lymphatic drainage, compression bandaging, therapeutic exercises, skin care and extensive patient education.

Research studies among women with breast cancer who are experiencing lymphedema reported that significant reductions in limb volume when manual lymphedema therapy is administered as the sole intervention or as an adjunct to standard of care. Studies have showed that benefits of CDT include: decreased swelling, increased lymph drainage, improvement in skin condition, reduction of cellulitis (a common skin infection caused by bacteria), relief of discomfort and improvement in the patient’s quality of life and ability to function.

“I am encouraged by the research on lymphedema therapy and excited to be able to help cancer patients achieve a measure of health recovery,” stated Dawn Jenkins.

Dawn Jenkins’ BodyKneads offers the latest in lymphedema therapy as well as a comprehensive list of massage services. Contact us at to schedule an appointment or request more information.

Dawn Jenkins’ BodyKneads ( was established in 1994 by licensed massage therapist (LMT), Dawn Jenkins who serves the health and wellness needs of the West Chester, PA and surrounding areas. Ethical, quality massage therapy tailored for each individual is provided using modalities such Swedish, Deep Tissue, Cross Friction, and Stretching. Specialized therapeutic massage methods for lymphedema management are offered as part of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) approach to clients treated for cancer.

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