APTA, Section on Women's Health Certificate of Achievement in CAPP-PF & OB KLOSE Institute Breast Cancer Care Certified
Dr. Sherri Lorraine specializes in women's health physical therapy, treating patients diagnosed with Breast Cancer. After spending time hand-sewing tops together for her patients, she saw the need for a compression garment specifically designed to help prevent the development of lymphedema in breast cancer patients. And so the For The Girls Compression Top was born!
Her goal is to empower women through Lymphedema prevention and education.
The For the Girls Compression Top is a mild, uniform compression undergarment for women diagnosed and recovering from Breast Cancer to assist in preventing the development Lymphedema.
Mild uniform compression is an important part of the healing process in Breast Cancer patients. Breast Cancer patients have under gone one or multiple traumas (biopsies, mastectomies, chemo, radiation, etc.) to their chest wall, muscles, ligaments, tendons, connective tissue, vascular system and the most effected area, the lymphatic system, resulting in increased risk of developing LYMPHEDEMA. Everyone runs a risk of developing Lymphedema, but the risk significantly increases when trauma takes place in or around the lymph vessels and/or lymph nodes. Even if the lymph nodes have not been removed, trauma to the surrounding area (i.e. breast tissue) can cause damage to the lymph vessels and nodes.
The lymphatic system is responsible for fluid balance and fluid filtration in your body. If the vessels become clogged, or the filters are removed, the system can get backed up and result in excessive swelling that doesn't reabsorb into the body. This is called Lymphedema.
Once someone developes Lymphedema, they never get rid of it. So it is very important to prevent it from happening. Lymphedema prevention is an educational and physical process that works by applying just the right amount of stress to the lymphatic system in order to keep it moving, but not too much stress resulting in clogged vessels. The For the Girls Compression Top prevents pooling of fluid and assists with fluid return in areas that are already swollen due to trauma. By mildly and uniformly compressing the upper arms, underarms, shoulders, back, chest and upper torso, a constant support is given to the tissue allowing the vessels to work to the best of their ability, funneling and filtering the fluid.
Research has shown that compression alone can reduce the swelling process by 40%, significant to having manual lymphatic drainage therapy. Imagine having both, the swelling process would be greatly reduced by 80%. (http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/31/30/3737.long)
The For the Girls Compression Top has a wide scoop neckline that allows the patient to step into the garment, preventing the patient from needing to reach overhead and injuring surgical sites. It has sleeves that reach to the thickest part of the upper arm, preventing impedance on the armpit area and confining the compression to the torso. It also has a cropped bottom to consolidate the compression and to keep it from being seen under everyday tops.