Some of the treatment options for lymphedema include exercises and using massage to reduce swelling and control pain, according to Mayo Clinic. Other treatments include wrapping limbs with bandages, and using pneumatic compression sleeves and compression garments. Additionally, complete decongestive therapy involves combining lifestyle changes and therapies to treat lymphedema.
Light exercises involving movement of the affected limb can encourage lymph fluid drainage, states Mayo Clinic. These exercises should focus on gently contracting the muscles of the affected arm or leg, without being too strenuous or tiring. Special massage techniques called manual lymph drainage also encourage movement of lymph fluid out of the arm or leg. Using bandages, compression garments or a pneumatic compression sleeve with a pump encourages lymph fluid to flow toward the trunk of the body.