Body Therapy for Edema

Multimodal treatment of edema includes the methods of anthroposophic body therapy. Classical lymph drainage is used to mobilize fluids, while rhythmical massage therapy stimulates life processes within the body’s tissues. Consequently, anthroposophic body therapy focusses primarily on the stimulation of the patient’s life organization, rather than just manually treating the physical body.

Peripheral edema

  • Lymphatic drainage
    Manual decongestion and mobilization for edema and anasarca. If necessary, complex decongestion therapy, for example in case of chronic arm edema.

  • Rhythmical massage therapy
    Stimulation of “tissue breathing” in the fluid organism through qualities of touch and movement that are compressing and releasing.
    See also: Rhythmical massage therapy for Ascites: https://www.anthromedics.org/PRA-0771-DE

 

Research news

Art therapy & anxiety: In her doctoral thesis published 2020, Annemarie Abbing investigated the effectiveness of art therapy in the treatment of anxiety. Outcomes of a randomised controlled trial (n=59) showed preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of art therapy: Three months of anthroposophic art therapy led to a significant reduction in the severity of anxiety symptoms in the women compared to waiting list treatment. The therapy also improved quality of life and various aspects of self-regulation. The second part of this PhD research focused on case report methodology and the development of tools for research within this field. The doctoral thesis is available at 
https://scholarlypublications.universiteitleiden.nl/handle/1887/83276.


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